Kodo Keiryogaku (The Japanese Journal of Behaviormetrics)
Online ISSN : 1880-4705
Print ISSN : 0385-5481
ISSN-L : 0385-5481
Special Issue    “East Asia Value Survey II”
The Relationships between Cognitive Social Capitals
— Law-Abiding Spirit, Normative Consciousness, Attitude Toward Contract and Trust in the East Asia —
Takahiro HOSHINO
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2006 Volume 33 Issue 1 Pages 41-53


Relationships between four elements of cognitive social capital (i.e., law-abiding spirit, normative consciousness, attitude toward contracts, and trust) were examined as part of the “East Asia Value Survey” conducted by the Institute of Statistical Mathematics. To avoid aggregation bias, micro-data analysis, such as multiple group structural equation modeling with categorical variables, was conducted.
     A significantly positive relationship between normative consciousness and trust was found for China; however, the relationship between law-abiding spirit and trust was nonsignificant. Additionally, in China, token acknowledgement affected responses to law-abiding-spirit questions but did not affect responses related to normative consciousness.
     Attitude toward contracts and trust had a positive relationship in Japan and China but a negative relationship in Taiwan and Singapore. This research also showed that the way demographic variables affect each element of social capital varies according to countries/areas.

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