Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Monica Das

Second Advisor

Smriti Tawari


This paper seeks to 1. evaluate findings from previous literature that demonstrated evidence of social trust having a positive relationship with economic growth in the form of Gross Domestic Product per capita (GDPpc) and 2. evaluate potential trust levels that can be used as a threshold for considering a country ‘high-trusting’ when conducting economic research. The study gathered data to measure social trust levels from World Values Survey where respondents answered yest to the question “most people can be trusted”. Then the study evaluated the relationship between trust and GDPpc with control variables including technology, education, labor, investment, and external balance (variables used found from World Development Indicators within World Bank data and described later). The study also ran regressions using two thresholds for high trust, one at 40% and another at 60%. This was done using dummy variables highTrust 40 and highTrust60. The results from the data demonstrate a positive relationship between social trust and GDPpc growth . There was also a demonstrated difference when passing the threshold of 40% trust but there is more research needed to determine the usefulnes of these findings.

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