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Trust on the Streets: A Natural Field Experiment on Newspaper Purchasing

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  • Gerald Pruckner

    (Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

  • Rupert Sausgruber

    (Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck)

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A publisher uses an honor-system for selling a newspaper in the street. The customers make payments into a cash-box, but can also just take the paper without paying. Payments are not monitored and highly anonymous; hence customers exhibit trustworthiness if they pay for the paper. We run a natural field experiment to identify motives behind payments. The experiment reveals that trustworthiness is based on a social rather than a legal norm. Additional survey questions serve to identify individual-specific components of trustworthiness. We find effects of gender, age, family status, church attendance, measures of reciprocity, social connectedness, and social risk.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 06-01.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0601

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Keywords: trust; trustworthiness; natural field experiment; survey;

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  1. Gachter, Simon & Herrmann, Benedikt & Thoni, Christian, 2004. "Trust, voluntary cooperation, and socio-economic background: survey and experimental evidence," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 55(4), pages 505-531, December.
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  1. Rosaz, Julie & Villeval, Marie Claire, 2012. "Lies and biased evaluation: A real-effort experiment," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 84(2), pages 537-549.
  2. Urs Fischbacher & Franziska Föllmi-Heusi, 2013. "Lies In Disguise—An Experimental Study On Cheating," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 11(3), pages 525-547, 06.

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