I lys av min sterkt fallende tro på menneskeheten i det siste, var det interessant å lese kjendisøkonomen Tim Harfords nyeste artikkel i Forbes om hvorfor jeg gjør lurt i å tro på menneskeheten likevel. Han skriver:
Being able to trust people might seem like a pleasant luxury, but economists are starting to believe that it’s rather more important than that. Trust is about more than whether you can leave your house unlocked; it is responsible for the difference between the richest countries and the poorest.
«If you take a broad enough definition of trust, then it would explain basically all the difference between the per capita income of the United States and Somalia,» ventures Steve Knack, a senior economist at the World Bank who has been studying the economics of trust for over a decade. That suggests that trust is worth $12.4 trillion dollars a year to the U.S., which, in case you are wondering, is 99.5% of this country’s income. If you make $40,000 a year, then $200 is down to hard work and $39,800 is down to trust.
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