Social identity and trust - An experimental investigation
AbstractWe experimentally examine how group identity affects trust behavior in an investment game. In one treatment, group identity is induced purely by minimal groups. In other treatments, group members are additionally related by outcome interdependence established in a prior public goods game. Moving from the standard investment game (where no group identity is prompted) to minimal group identity to two-dimensional group identity, we find no significant differences in trust decisions. However, trust is significantly and positively correlated with contribution decisions, suggesting that "social" trust is behaviorally important.
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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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- Güth, Werner & Levati, M. Vittoria & Ploner, Matteo, 2008. "Social identity and trust--An experimental investigation," The Journal of Socio-Economics, Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 1293-1308, August.
- C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
- C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
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- NEP-ALL-2007-02-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2007-02-10 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-CDM-2007-02-10 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-EXP-2007-02-10 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-GTH-2007-02-10 (Game Theory)
- NEP-SOC-2007-02-10 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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