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Trust and reciprocity in Cyprus

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  • Ekici, Tufan
  • Ergun, Selim Jürgen
  • Rivas, M. Fernanda

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This paper documents a series of experiments analyzing intra- and inter-cultural differences in trust and reciprocity between Turks, Turkish Cypriots, and Greek Cypriots. Our findings challenge the popular belief in international circles that there is mistrust between the two communities living in Cyprus. First of all, we find that Cypriots have similar levels of trust towards others in general, although the two communities have different ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic characteristics. Furthermore, we find no inter-cultural differences in trust among Cypriots. However, Turkish Cypriots are less reciprocal towards Greek Cypriots than they are towards members of their own community. Finally, we find that the Greek Cypriots who had at least one parent displaced after the civil war in Cyprus trust Turkish people less compared to those whose parents were not displaced, but no such mistrust exists against Turkish Cypriots. These findings indicate that in terms of trusting behavior, Cypriots on the island are more similar than what is portrayed by the politicians.

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  • Ekici, Tufan & Ergun, Selim Jürgen & Rivas, M. Fernanda, 2016. "Trust and reciprocity in Cyprus," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 36-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:63:y:2016:i:c:p:36-49
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2016.05.001
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    Keywords

    Trust; Reciprocity; Cyprus; Economic experiments;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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