Crowding Out Trust: The Adverse Effects of Verification. An Experiment
AbstractThrough an experiment this study investigates the effects that verification has on honest traders. This paper demonstrates that by reducing the scope for trust verification can have a negative effect on the behaviour of honest individuals. Specifically, the analysis shows that trustworthy agents are willing to punish or seek compensation from those that deprive them of trust opportunities through the use of verification. Regulatory implications are discussed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 98.
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2002
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verification; trust; ultimatum bargaining; experiments;
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