2018

The Role of Trust in Explaining Health and Wealth Gaps in the EU

Reprint No. 2018:17

Author(s): Martin LjungeYear: 2018 Title: Bridging the Prosperity Gap in the EU: The Social Challenge Ahead Chapter: 9Editor(s): Ulf Bernitz, Moa Mårtensson, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas PerssonPublisher: Edward ElgarCity: Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA Pages: 199–219
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In this chapter I highlight how new research can provide answers to how gaps in health and wealth can be reduced. The focus is on an approach that can identify the causal direction of the connections between trust, health, and prosperity. I find clear evidence that trust promotes health and prosperity. The results point to the importance of promoting social trust among EU citizens to counter the effects of the economic crisis and the structural differences between the Member States.


Reference:
Ljunge, Martin (2018), "The Role of Trust in Explaining Health and Wealth Gaps in the EU". Chapter 9, pp. 199–219 in Ulf Bernitz, Moa Mårtensson, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas Persson, eds., Bridging the Prosperity Gap in the EU: The Social Challenge Ahead. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

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