Who Do You Trust? Ethnicity and Trust in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Abstract:

This article examines the question of trust in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a special focus on the role of ethnicity. We find generalised trust to be low and declining in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, generalised trust is negatively affected by the degree of ethnic heterogeneity in the region. However, a further examination of trust reveals a more complex relationship between ethnicity and trust: people tend to show low levels of trust in all other people irrespective of their ethnic belongings. We argue that ethnic distribution might capture some other regional specific characteristics that also affect the level of trust.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668130701489162

Affiliations: 1: Balkans Analysis Group, Sarajevo 2: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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