Voluntary Associations and Trustworthiness: An Empirical Examination at Italian Regional Level

  • Giacomo Degli Antoni
Part of the AIEL Series in Labour Economics book series (AIEL)


This essay studies the level of trustworthiness across Italian regions in relation to three variables: membership in cultural and recreational associations; membership in ecological, civil rights and peace associations; unpaid participation in voluntary service associations (solidarity associations). Two main results emerge: a positive and significant effect of unpaid participation in solidarity associations on the regional level of trustworthiness, and a negative, if not always significant, effect of membership in environmental associations. Consequently, it is unpaid labour of solidarity associations that crucially contributes to the creation of propitious conditions for the diffusion of trustworthy behaviour throughout the community.


Instrumental Variable Employment Rate Gini Index Opportunistic Behaviour Labour Force Survey 
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I would like to thank Carlo Borzaga, Paolo Buonanno, Sergio Destefanis, Gianluca Grimalda, Benedetto Gui, Lorenzo Sacconi and Stefano Zamagni for their useful suggestions. My thanks go also to the Provincia Autonoma di Trento for financially supporting the project ‘Social capital, corporate social responsibility and local economic development’. Remaining errors are solely my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giacomo Degli Antoni
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  1. 1.Centro interuniversitario EconomEticaUniversity of Milano-BicoccaItaly

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