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Income inequality in the trust game

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    This paper presents an experiment measuring how lab-induced income inequality affects trust and trustworthiness. Low endowment subjects paired with high endowment subjects showed more trust than subjects in other pairs; this trust was reciprocated with high trustworthiness.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 54-56

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:1:p:54-56

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    Keywords: Trust Trust game Income inequality;

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