Trusting Only Whom You Know, Knowing Only Whom You Trust: The Joint Impact of Social Capital and Trust on Happiness in CEE Countries

Katarzyna Growiec , Jakub Growiec


We investigate the extent to which bridging and bonding social capital as well as social trust and individuals’ earnings interdependently affect self-reported happiness. The study is based on cross-sectional World Values Survey 2000 data on individuals from eight Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). We identify high risk of regressor endogeneity and omitted variables bias in happiness regressions, and eliminate them using instrumental variables and an appropriate set of controls. The endogeneity issue has been generally overlooked in earlier studies. Our study therefore provides novel implications for the general discussion on the causal relationships between the five considered variables. Our results are also discussed in the specific context of socio-economic convergence processes currently taking place in CEECs. 
Author Katarzyna Growiec (Wydział Psychologii)
Katarzyna Growiec,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Jakub Growiec
Jakub Growiec,,
Journal seriesJournal of Happiness Studies, ISSN 1389-4978, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2014
Publication size in sheets1.25
Keywords in EnglishHappiness, Bridging social capital, Bonding social capital, Social trust, Earnings, CEE countries
ASJC Classification3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
DOIDOI:DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9461-8
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 1.252; WoS Impact Factor: 2014 = 1.683 (2) - 2014=2.364 (5)
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