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Title: Generalized Trust and Trust in Institutions in Confucian Asia
Authors: Tan, S.J. 
Tambyah, S.K. 
Keywords: Confucian Asia
Generalized trust
Trust in institutions
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Tan, S.J., Tambyah, S.K. (2011). Generalized Trust and Trust in Institutions in Confucian Asia. Social Indicators Research 103 (3) : 357-377. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines generalized trust and trust in institutions in Confucian Asia, covering six countries namely, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, and one dependent region, Hong Kong. Using data from the 2006 AsiaBarometer Survey, our study affirms the reliability and validity of using a two-item scale to measure generalized trust. Our analysis suggests that due to demographic differences, there are variations in the level of generalized trust of countries in Confucian Asia, despite the fact that these societies share a similar background in Confucian philosophy. The relationships between generalized trust and political trust, and between generalized trust and trust in public institutions, are weak but positive. The positive relationship between generalized trust and trust in economic institutions is only significant for some of the economies, while trust in international institutions has the weakest relationship with generalized trust for all societies. We conclude the paper with research implications. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Source Title: Social Indicators Research
ISSN: 03038300
DOI: 10.1007/s11205-010-9703-7
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