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Modeling of public trust in basic social and political institutions: A comparative econometric analysis

By Olga Demidova

Abstract

How seriously does the degree of trust in basic social and political institutions for people from different countries depend on their individual characteristics? To answer this question, three types of models have been estimated using the data of the fifth wave of the World Value Survey: the first one based on the assumption about a generalized relationship for all countries, the second one taking into account heterogeneity of countries (using introduction of the country-level variables), the third type applying a preliminary subdivision of countries into five clusters. The obtained results have been used for suggestion of possible actions to increase public confidence in the basic institutionsinstitutions; trust; ordered logit models; cluster analysis; mixed logit models

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