Seminar - Vincent Buskens - 2/02/2018


Vincent Buskens (Utrecht University)
Complementary methods for causal inference in sociology: studying trust and embeddedness

2 February 2018, h. 14.30
Room 3D4 40
Department of Cultures, Politics and Society
University of Turin
Campus Luigi Einaudi
Via Lungo Dora Siena, 100—Turin

Discussant Renzo Carriero (University of Turin)


Establishing causal relations in sociological research is often not that straightforward. Surveys are often non longitudinal and provide limited control on variations in variables, which makes establishing causality often difficult. Laboratory experiments can establish causal relations in a very restricted and artificial set-up, which often poses questions on external validity. Vignette experiments combine the advantages of experimental variation with the more real-life description of choice situations, but have their own limitations. In this talk, I am planning to discuss evidence on the question how social embeddedness affects trust based on a variation of empirical designs and I will in particular focus on two different vignette experiments that test a set of hypotheses. 

Background readings

Buskens, V., & Raub, W. (2002). 'Embedded trust: Control and learning'. In Advances in group processes (pp. 167-202). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Buskens, V., & Raub, W. (2013). 'Rational choice research on social dilemmas: embeddedness effects on trust'. Handbook of rational choice social research, 113-150.

Background readings are available on request. In order to receive them, please contact prof. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This seminar is part of a series of seminars on research methods in sociology organized by the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin.



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