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Familiarity and trust: An experimental investigation

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In Zimbabwe, people in resettled villages trust each other less than people in non-resettled villages. This does not appear to be due to differences in socially transmitted rules of behaviour. Further, there are good reasons to believe that it is not due to the self-selection of a particular type of person into resettlement. Rather, the variations appear to be due simply to a lack of familiarity and to the consequentially greater uncertainty faced by resettled villagers when trying to predict each other’s behaviour in strategic situations.

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  • Abigail Barr, 1999. "Familiarity and trust: An experimental investigation," CSAE Working Paper Series 1999-23, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  • Handle: RePEc:csa:wpaper:1999-23
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