Social welfare programs and trust: Evidence from six Latin American cities

Alberto Chong, Vanessa Ríos-Salas, Hugo Ñopo

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Using individual-level data that are representative at the city level for six Latin American capital cities (Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Montevideo, and San José ), we find that participation in government social welfare programs is negatively associated to trust, a result that is robust to the inclusion of individual risk measures and a broad array of controls. Our findings support the notion that low take-up rates may be linked to stigma and not to high transaction costs as commonly suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-283
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Law, Economics, and Organization
Issue number2
Early online date9 Oct 2019
StatePublished - Jul 2020

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