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Does stake size matter in trust games?

  • Johansson-Stenman, Olof


    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Mahmud, Minhaj


    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Martinsson, Peter


    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

In a trust game conducted in rural Bangladesh, the proportion of money sent decreased significantly with the stake size. Still, even with very large stakes few followed the conventional economic prediction and sent nothing.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 140.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 08 Aug 2004
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Publication status: Published as Johansson-Stenman, Olof, Minhaj Mahmud and Peter Martinsson, 'Does stake size matter in trust games?' in Economics Letters, 2005, pages 365-369.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0140
Note: Published in Economics Letters, 2005, Vol. 88, p p. 365-369.
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