Measuring generalized trust in cross-cultural studies

Measuring generalized trust in cross-cultural studies

Almakaeva A.M.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Deputy Head, Ronald F. Inglehart Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR), National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia.; Scientific Editor, Department of Publishing Programs, VCIOM, Moscow, Russia

ID of the Article:

For citation:

Almakaeva A.M. Measuring generalized trust in cross-cultural studies. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2014. No 11. P. 32-43


Approaches to measurements of generalized trust are discussed and limitations of traditional question ”In general, do you think that majority of people might be trusted or one has to be very careful in relations with people?” are analyzed. Fifth wave of World values study (2005–2008) data served for testing alternative indices of generalized trust to demonstrate that combination of traditional question with the question related to trusting strangers yields precise information for constructing international ratings.

generalized trust; radius of trust; specific trust; prudence; World value study; cross-cultural studies
Content No 11, 2014