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Intra-generational trust--a semi-experimental study of trust among different generations

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  • Holm, Hakan
  • Nystedt, Paul

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From a public database in Sweden we obtained a subject pool consisting of one group 20 years old and another group that was exactly 50 years older. The groups participated in a mail-based trust game. In the trust game the young cohort exhibited significantly more trust than the old cohort did. Furthermore, subjects preferred to place trust in co-players of their own cohort. When amounts sent and proportions returned in the mail-based game are compared with other trust games conducted in standard laboratory environments it is found that the mail-based game does not seem to generate extreme distributions.
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  • Holm, Hakan & Nystedt, Paul, 2005. "Intra-generational trust--a semi-experimental study of trust among different generations," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 403-419, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:58:y:2005:i:3:p:403-419
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    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
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