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TRUST AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ECONOMIC GROWTH

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Author(s): Cristian C. POPESCU

Journal: Scientific Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi : Economic Sciences Series
ISSN 0379-7864

Volume: 2011;
Issue: LVIII;
Start page: 449;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: trust | growth | human capital | education

ABSTRACT
The new models of development take into account the influence of social capital in inducing the economic growth. Assuming that trust is one of the main dimensions of the social capital, we demonstrate that it is able to reduce the transaction costs and to lay off large amounts that can be redirected towards investments, thereby inducing economic growth. The policy makers are responsible for taking this into account and promote the budgetary measures able to raise the level of trust in a society. We believe, based on the model designed by Zack and Knack, that in addition to the policies which guarantee the contracts, strengthen the formal institutions that prevent the abuses, reduce the social heterogeneity and economic growth, the growth optimization is possible to be achieved by allocating sufficient resources to education. The inference is based on an empirical research on the Romanian society, whose results are presented in this study.
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