Ethnic diversity, poverty and social trust in Germany: Evidence from a behavioral measure of trust


Gereke, Johanna ; Schaub, Max ; Baldassarri, Delia



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199834
URL: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.13...
Additional URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30020965
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: PLOS ONE
Volume: 13
Issue number: 7
Page range: e0199834
Place of publication: Lawrence, KS
Publishing house: PLoS
ISSN: 1932-6203
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Several scholars have concluded that ethnic diversity has negative consequences for social trust. However, recent research has called into question whether ethnic diversity per se has detrimental effects, or whether lower levels of trust in diverse communities simply reflect a higher concentration of less trusting groups, such as poor people, minorities, or immigrants. Drawing upon a nationally representative sample of the German population (GSOEP), we make two contributions to this debate. First, we examine how ethnic diversity at the neighborhood level–specifically the proportion of immigrants in the neighborhood–is linked to social trust focusing on the compositional effect of poverty. Second, in contrast to the majority of current research on ethnic diversity, we use a behavioral measure of trust in combination with fine-grained (zip-code level) contextual measures of ethnic composition and poverty. Furthermore, we are also able to compare the behavioral measure to a standard attitudinal trust question. We find that household poverty partially accounts for lower levels of trust, and that after controlling for income, German and non-German respondents are equally trusting. However, being surrounded by neighbors with immigrant background is also associated with lower levels of social trust.
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Gereke, Johanna ; Schaub, Max ; Baldassarri, Delia (2018) Ethnic diversity, poverty and social trust in Germany: Evidence from a behavioral measure of trust. PLOS ONE Lawrence, KS 13 7 e0199834 [Article]


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