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Men trust people more than women do

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMay 9, 2011 10:58 AM

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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:

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.

Trust in people, sample from after the year 2000

Logistic regression

VariableAllNon-Hispanic white

BProbabilityBProbability

SEX-0.3400.000-0.4850.000

WORDSUM0.1760.0000.2010.000

DEGREE0.3430.0000.2740.000

COHORT-0.0180.000-0.0130.001

SEI0.0020.3930.0030.394

POLVIEWS-0.1050.011-0.1210.018

PARTYID0.0730.0190.0110.777

GOD-0.0350.4380.0150.765

ATTEND0.0230.2610.0380.105

Pseduo R-square = 0.096Pseduo R-square = 0.083

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