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Are Survey Measures of Trust Correlated with Experimental Trust? Evidence from Cameroon

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  • Alvin Etang
  • David Fielding
  • Stephen Knowles

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In less developed countries, there is often a low correlation between survey-based measures of interpersonal trust and experimental measures. This has caused doubt about the reliability of trust measures used to explain variations in levels of socio-economic development. Using data from rural Cameroon, we explore whether the correlation between survey and experimental trust depends on social distance, and on whether the survey questions are context-specific. We find a high correlation in all cases. However, correlations with survey trustworthiness do depend on social distance.

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  • Alvin Etang & David Fielding & Stephen Knowles, 2012. "Are Survey Measures of Trust Correlated with Experimental Trust? Evidence from Cameroon," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(12), pages 1813-1827, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:12:p:1813-1827
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2011.649263
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    1. Roxanne J. Kovacs & Mylene Lagarde & John Cairns, 2019. "Measuring patient trust: Comparing measures from a survey and an economic experiment," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(5), pages 641-652, May.
    2. Robert Neumann, 2016. "Understanding trustworthiness: using response latencies from CATI surveys to learn about the “crucial” variable in trust research," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 50(1), pages 43-64, January.
    3. Robert Neumann, 2016. "Understanding trustworthiness: using response latencies from CATI surveys to learn about the “crucial” variable in trust research," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 50(1), pages 43-64, January.

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