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The difference between kinship and friendship: (Field-) experimental evidence on trust and punishment

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  • Vollan, Björn

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This paper reports on a one-shot trust experiment with and without third party punishment (TPP). Participants were recruited such that each session contains multiple people who are friends, family members, and unrelated villagers. Participants were either paired with one of their reported family members, a friend or an unrelated villager. The design enables to (1) compare levels of trust and trustworthiness shown to family members vs. friends vs. unrelated villagers, (2) examine the propensity of third parties to punish selfish behaviour exhibited between friends, family members and villagers, and (3) examine the effect potential punishment has on trust and trustworthiness among family, friends and villagers. So far, microeconomic experiments have not investigated kinship in an anonymous way and also its relation to punishment is unknown. Experimental trust and trustworthiness varies between only 20% when playing with a villager and nearly 80% when matched with a family member. TPP significantly increases trust and trustworthiness in interactions among villagers and friends, but TPP is detrimental among family members.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 14-25

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:1:p:14-25

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Keywords: Trust Kinship Third party punishment Social distance Southern Africa Crowding-out;

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  1. Simone Gobien & Björn Vollan, 2013. "Playing with the social network: Social cohesion in resettled and non-resettled communities in Cambodia," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201331, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  2. Binzel, Christine & Fehr, Dietmar, 2013. "Giving and Sorting among Friends: Evidence from a Lab-in-the-Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 7516, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Gulyás, Attila, 2011. "Diktátor a barátom? A barátság és a méltányosság kapcsolata
    [Is my friend a dictator? The relation between friendship and impartiality]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(5), pages 430-444.
  4. Dorrit Posel & Tim Hinks, 2013. "Trusting Neighbours or Strangers in a Racially Divided Society: Insights from Survey Data in South Africa," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 22(1), pages 136-162, January.

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