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Trust and the Welfare State: the Twin Peaks Curve



Type:   Article
Titre:   Trust and the Welfare State: the Twin Peaks Curve
Auteur(s):   Algan, Yann (1974-...) - Département d'économie (Auteur)
Cahuc, Pierre - Department of Economics (Auteur)
Sangnier, Marc - Aix-Marseille School of Economics (Auteur)
In:   The Economic Journal
Date de publication:   2016-06
Éditeur:   ROYAUME-UNI  :  John Wiley & Sons
Volume:   126
Numéro:   593
Pages:   861-883  p.
ISSN:   00130133
DOI:   10.1111/ecoj.12278
Résumé:   [en] We show the existence of a twin peaks relation between trust and the size of the welfare state that stems from two opposing forces. Uncivic people support large welfare states because they expect to benefit from them without bearing their costs. But civic individuals support generous benefits and high taxes only when they are surrounded by trustworthy individuals. We provide empirical evidence for these behaviours and this twin peaks relation in the OECD countries.



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