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Intercultural trust. An experiment in Austria and Japan

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  • Robert Jiro Netzer

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  • Matthias Sutter

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We show that the level of trust and reciprocity in an intercultural trust game experiment between Austrian and Japanese subjects differs from the results of an intracultural experiment run in the respective countries among compatriots. Austrian subjects show significantly higher levels of trust towards Japanese subjects than towards fellow countrymen. Japanese do not differentiate between Austrian or Japanese subjects. Japanese subjects are found to be less reciprocal than Austrian subjects. A post-experimental survey reveals differences in culture-specific dispositions between the two countries that can explain the country-specific differences.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2009-05.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:inn:wpaper:2009-05

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Keywords: intercultural experiment; intracultural experiment; trust game; Austria; Japan;

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  1. Kenju Akai & Robert J. Netzer, 2009. "Trust and Reciprocity among International Groups: Experimental Evidence from Austria and Japan," ISER Discussion Paper 0737r, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University, revised Aug 2010.

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