Birthplace diversity, income inequality and education gradients in generalised trust: the relevance of cognitive skills across 29 countries

Using data from 29 PIAAC countries the paper examines mechanisms through which education could promote generalised trust. Large part of the association between trust and education is mediated by individuals’ characteristics and related with countries’ birthplace diversity and income inequality.

We examine between-country differences in the mechanisms through which education could promote generalised trust using data from 29 countries participating in the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). Our results indicate that education is strongly associated with generalised trust and that most of this association is mediated by individuals’ cognitive skills, income and occupational prestige. However, education gradients in levels of generalised trust vary across countries.

  • Published by: European Commission
  • Year: 2018
  • Languages available: English
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