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Similarities and Differences when Building Trust: the Role of Cultures

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  • Bornhorst, Fabian
  • Ichino, Andrea
  • Kirchkamp, Oliver
  • Schlag, Karl
  • Winter, Eyal

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We run an experiment in which students of different European nationalities are matched in groups of five and repeatedly choose with whom within their group they want to play a trust game. Participants observe of each other age, gender, nationality and number of siblings. The region of origin, "North" or "South" is a major determinant of success in the experiment. Participants tend to trust those they trusted before and who trusted them. We do not find evidence of regional discrimination per se. It is only the underlying and significant differences in behavior that translate through repeated interactions into differences in payoffs between the two regions.

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  • Bornhorst, Fabian & Ichino, Andrea & Kirchkamp, Oliver & Schlag, Karl & Winter, Eyal, 2010. "Similarities and Differences when Building Trust: the Role of Cultures," CEPR Discussion Papers 7717, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    European regions; experiments; Trust; trustworthiness;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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