English title: Different goods, different effects: exploring the effects of generalized social trust in large-N collective action
Author(s): Kim Mannermar Sønderskov -
Type: Journal article
Does generalized social trust help solve large-N collective action problems? This paper argues so, offering a novel explanation for the relationship: People tend to cooperate if they expect others to be cooperating, which implies that people holding generalized social trust more readily cooperate in large-N dilemmas because they expect that most people will cooperate. The paper tests the explanation in a rigorous design. The analyses show a positive, robust effect of generalized social trust on public good provision, but no effect is found in a joint product situation. This supports the hypothesis, indicating that trust specifically enhances cooperation in collective action dilemmas.
From page no: 145
To page no: 160
Journal: Public Choice