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Trust, Market Participation and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Rural China

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  • Tu, Qin
  • Bulte, Erwin

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Summary Markets can only function properly in the presence of sufficient trust. We explore the relation between trusting behavior and market integration in rural China. We link the results of a trust experiment to actual behavior in the field (participation in the labor market versus informally exchanging labor), and find that high-trust households are more likely to use formal markets. We proceed by exploring the relation between labor market participation and economic outcomes, finding tentative evidence of a causal relation running from market participation to higher levels of income.

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  • Tu, Qin & Bulte, Erwin, 2010. "Trust, Market Participation and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Rural China," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(8), pages 1179-1190, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:8:p:1179-1190
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