Nannestad, Peter2; Svendsen, Gert Tinggard2; Dinesen, Peter Thisted4; Sønderskov, Kim Mannemar2
1 Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 Institut for Statskundskab, Århus Universitet3 Institut for Statskundskab, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet4 Institut for Statskundskab, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
The Natural Experiment of Migration from Non-western to Western Countries
Do institutions or culture determine levels of social trust in society? If quality of institutions determines levels of social trust, migrants from countries with lower-quality institutions should enhance their level of social trust in countries with higher-quality institutions. If, on the other hand, the migrants' level of social trust is determined by their culture, it should not be affected by a different institutional setting. Furthermore, culturally diverse immigrant groups should have different levels of social trust in the same host country. Analysing migration from several non-western countries to Denmark, this paper demonstrates that institutions rather than culture matter for social trust.
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2014, Vol 40, Issue 4, p. 544-565
Faculty of Social Sciences; Social Trust; Culture; Institutions; Migration