Vlastimir Lekovic

Faculty of Economics, University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia


Trust, as an important traditional informal institution of a society, has in recent decades come into focus of many social sciences and the economic science as well. Namely, trust is one of the key factors that determine the character of both human and social relations. There is a growing realization that, among other key factors of the market system eff ectiveness and effi ciency, economic impacts are also determined by the appropriate level of trust that exists between economic actors. This paper analyzes the role of trust as a facilitating factor that enables a more successful development of economic activities in such an environment where economic actors deal with the problems of information asymmetry, incomplete contracts, an underdeveloped institutional framework, uncertainty etc. It is suggested that trust, both personal and institutional one, is a signifi cant factor in economic success and development. At the same time, trust plays an important role in the successful implementation of a socio-economic transformation, which is especially relevant in transition countries.


Keywords: institutional trust, interpersonal trust, social capital, economic success

JEL Classification: E11, J24, O17

Economic Horizons, 2012, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 65-78.   doi:10.5937/ekonhor1202063L

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