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ERIC Number: EJ941487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
College Education and Social Trust: An Evidence-Based Study on the Causal Mechanisms
Huang, Jian; van den Brink, Henriette Maassen; Groot, Wim
Social Indicators Research, v104 n2 p287-310 Nov 2011
This paper examines the influence of college education on social trust at the individual level. Based on the literature of trust and social trust, we hypothesize that life experience/development since adulthood and perceptions of cultural/social structures are two primary channels in the causal linkage between college education and social trust. In the first part of the empirical study econometric techniques are employed to tackle the omitted-variable problem and substantial evidence is found to confirm the positive effect of college education. In the second part contemporary information is used to examine the hypothetical mechanisms in the causal inference. That life experience is a primary channel via which college education promotes social trust fails to find support in our examination, while individual perceptions of cultural and social structures explain up to 77% of the causal effect. (Contains 3 figures, 8 tables, and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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