Individual Attitudes Toward Others, Misanthropy Analysis in a Cross-Country Perspective
Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2012
© 2013 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc.
American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume 72, Issue 1, pages 222–241, January 2013
How to Cite
Melgar, N., Rossi, M. and Smith, T. W. (2013), Individual Attitudes Toward Others, Misanthropy Analysis in a Cross-Country Perspective. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 72: 222–241. doi: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2012.00865.x
- Issue online: 20 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2012
While misanthropy has been analyzed taking into account one country and just comparing results, we employ the 2004 International Social Survey Program data set and assess its determinants from a cross-country analysis by considering personal characteristics and country effects. Findings indicate that misanthropy is explained by sociodemographic and economic characteristics (being a woman, education, and marriage reduce misanthropy while being young or poor, and self-employment have the opposite effect). Country effects result significant consequently, some environmental factors play a relevant role. Finally, we add new elements to the discussion by showing a strong relationship among our misanthropy ranking and two corruption perception rankings.