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The Cultural Transmission of Trust Norms: Evidence from a Lab in the Field on a Natural Experiment

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  • Elira Karaja

    (Harriman Institute at Columbia University)

  • Jared Rubin

    (Chapman University)

We conduct trust games in three villages in a northeastern Romanian commune. From 1775-1919, these villages were arbitrarily assigned to opposite sides of the Habsburg and Ottoman/Russian border despite being located seven kilometers apart. Russian and Ottoman scal institutions were more rapacious than Habsburg institutions, which may have eroded trust of outsiders (relative to co-villagers). Our design permits us to rigorously test this conjecture, and more generally, whether historically institutionalized cultural norms are transmitted intergenerationally. We nd that participants on the Ottoman/Russian side are indeed less likely to trust outsiders but more likely to trust co-villagers.

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