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In-Group versus Out-Group Trust: The Impact of Income Inequality

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  • Vivian Lei

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    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3210 N. Maryland Avenue, Bolton Hall 818, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA, and Department of Economics and Finance, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong;)

  • Filip Vesely

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    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3210 N. Maryland Avenue, Bolton Hall 812, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA, and Department of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.)

Abstract

In this article, we adopt a variant of the trust game by Berg, Dickhaut, and McCabe (1995) and the dictator game by Cox (2004) to determine if income inequality can activate in-group favoritism and, if so, whether such a bias is strong enough to survive the removal of income inequality. We find evidence of in-group favoritism only on the part of rich first movers. Rich first movers trust their in-group members significantly more in the presence of income inequality not only before but also after they gain enough experience. Poor first movers, in contrast, do not exhibit such in-group bias. They do not discriminate between in-group and out-group at the very outset of the experiment, and once they become experienced, they behave with significantly more trust toward the rich than toward the poor. We also find that in-group and out-group favoritism established in the past can be alleviated, but not completely removed, by an equal income distribution.

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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 76 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 1049-1063

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:76:4:y:2010:p:1049-1063

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