Trust in the government increases financial well-being and general well-being during COVID-19.

Barrafrem K, Tinghög G, Västfjäll D

J Behav Exp Finance 31 (-) 100514 [2021-09-00; online 2021-05-15]

We investigate the antecedents of subjective financial well-being and general well-being during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In an online survey conducted in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic with over 1000 Swedish participants we found that distrust in the government to cope with financial (but not healthcare) challenges of the pandemic was negatively related to the feeling of financial security. In a structural equation model, we also show that trust in government to deal with financial challenges of COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on general well-being through the mediating channel of financial well-being. In addition, trust in government to deal with healthcare challenges of COVID-19 pandemic has a significant direct impact on individuals' general well-being. Our findings have important implications for public policy as they highlight the importance of citizens' trust in well-functioning governmental institutions to help cope with not only healthcare, but also financial challenges of an ongoing pandemic.

Category: Public Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34545323

DOI 10.1016/j.jbef.2021.100514

Crossref 10.1016/j.jbef.2021.100514

pii: S2214-6350(21)00058-7
pmc: PMC8444950


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