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May 9, 2011

Men trust people more than women do

Filed under: Data Analysis,GSS,Social Science,Trust — Razib Khan @ 12:58 am

One of the weird things I randomly noticed when querying the “TRUST” variable in the GSS was that men were more trusting than women. I didn’t think much of that, but take a look at this logistic regression:

Trust in people, sample from after the year 2000 Logistic regression Variable All Non-Hispanic white B Probability B Probability SEX -0.340 0.000 -0.485 0.000 WORDSUM 0.176 0.000 0.201 0.000 DEGREE 0.343 0.000 0.274 0.000 COHORT -0.018 0.000 -0.013 0.001 SEI 0.002 0.393 0.003 0.394 POLVIEWS -0.105 0.011 -0.121 0.018 PARTYID 0.073 0.019 0.011 0.777 GOD -0.035 0.438 0.015 0.765 ATTEND 0.023 0.261 0.038 0.105 Pseduo R-square = 0.096 Pseduo R-square = 0.083

The outcomes are “can trust people = 1″ and “cannot trust people = 0.” I removed “depends” (which is never more than 5-10% in a class anyway). For sex 1 = male and 2 = female, so you can immediately see that being a woman will reduce the odds of being trusting. WORDSUM, vocabulary score, and educational attainment go in the direction you’d expect. Interestingly controlling for education doesn’t remove the vocabulary effect. COHORT is the year you were born. Lower values indicate older individuals in the data set. Younger people are less trusting, so this makes sense. To my surprise on the individual level religion doesn’t seem that important.

Since the sample sizes for sex are huge I thought I’d compare sex differences in trust over the years by demographic variable.


May 7, 2011

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