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The COVID-19 pandemic reduces trust behavior

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  • Li, Jianbiao
  • Zhang, Yanan
  • Niu, Xiaofei

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We conduct an online experiment before and after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in China with four sampling waves and test the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on trust behavior. We find that COVID-19 pandemic reduces trust behavior. Belief in others’ trustworthiness is one potential mechanism underlying the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on trust behavior.

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  • Li, Jianbiao & Zhang, Yanan & Niu, Xiaofei, 2021. "The COVID-19 pandemic reduces trust behavior," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 199(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:199:y:2021:i:c:s0165176520304602
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2020.109700
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