English title: Gen(d)eralized Trust: Women, Work, and Trust in Strangers

Author(s): Jan Mewes -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


This article deals with the question as to whether gender equality in labour force participation affects generalized trust. Following the seminal work of Rothstein and Uslaner, a first hypothesis maintains that gender employment equality positively impacts generalized trust. Based on insights from intergroup contact theory and the affect theory of social exchange, a second hypothesis argues that the relationship between gender employment equality and generalized trust holds only for women. Bayesian multilevel regression analysis based on cross-national survey data from the first five rounds of the European Social Survey (2002–2010) supports the latter hypothesis, showing that a country’s level of gender equality in labour force participation mediates the association between gender and generalized trust. In contrast, there is no evidence for a general impact of gender employment equality on trust in strangers.

Volume: 30

Issue: 3

From page no: 373

To page no: 386

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1093/ESR/JCU049

Journal: European Sociological Review

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