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On the Effect of Incentive Schemes on Trust and Trustworthiness

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  • Christine Harbring
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    We experimentally analyze whether being exposed to different incentive schemes induces subjects to change their behavior. In particular, we investigate the effect on trust and trustworthiness measured by conducting an investment game. We implement two simple incentive schemes modeling the basic characteristics of a cooperative incentive environment in which payoffs are based on a group's performance, as well as a competitive environment in which payoffs result from individuals' relative performances. Our results indicate that trust and the expectation of trust are positively affected by being exposed to a team setting compared to a competitive tournament scheme.

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    Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 166 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 690-714

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    Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(201012)166:4_690:oteois_2.0.tx_2-5

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    1. Steffen Keck & Natalia Karelaia, 2012. "Does competition foster trust? The role of tournament incentives," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 204-228, March.

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