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Trust, Trust Games and Stated Trust: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh

  • 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)

Levels of trust are measured by asking standard survey questions on trust and by observing the behaviour in a trust game using a random sample in rural Bangladesh. Follow-up questions and correlations between the sent amount in the trust game and stated expectations reveal that the amount sent in the trust game is a weak measure of trust. The fear of future punishment, either within or after this life, for not being sufficiently generous to others, was the most frequently stated motive behind the respondents’ behaviour, highlighting the potential importance of motives that cannot be inferred directly from people’s behaviour.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 166.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 31 Mar 2005
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Publication status: Published as Johansson-Stenman, Olof, Minhaj Mahmud and Peter Martinsson, 'Trust, Trust Games and Stated Trust: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh' in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013, pages 286-298.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0166
Note: Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
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