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Neighborhoods, Social Class, and Reciprocity: Evidence Using Representative Artefactual Data from Latin America


  • Arlette Beltrán

    (Universidad del Pacifico, Peru)

  • Alberto Chong

    (Department of Economics, Georgia State University, USA)

  • Mariano Montoya

    (Universidad del Pacifico, Peru)


We study if urban class segregation destroys social capital in Latin America using experimental data that are representative for six Latin American cities. In particular, we focus on whether belonging to upper class neighborhoods impacts reciprocity in a standard trust game. While our overall results confirm a negative association between these two variables, we also find that trusting behavior can help counteract the negative impact of class.

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  • Arlette Beltrán & Alberto Chong & Mariano Montoya, 2019. "Neighborhoods, Social Class, and Reciprocity: Evidence Using Representative Artefactual Data from Latin America," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1912, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1912

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