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Intra-Generational Trust - a Semi-Experimental Study of Trust Among Different Generations

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  • Holm, Håkan

    () (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Nystedt, Paul

    () (Department of Economics, Linköping University)

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From a public database in Sweden we obtained a subject pool consisting of one group 20 years old and another group that was exactly 50 years older. The groups participated in a mail-based trust game. In the trust game the young cohort exhibited significantly more trust than the old cohort did. Furthermore, subjects preferred to place trust in co-players of their own cohort. When amounts sent and proportions returned in the mail-based game are compared with other trust games conducted in standard laboratory environments it is found that the mail-based game does not seem to generate extreme distributions.

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  • Holm, Håkan & Nystedt, Paul, 2002. "Intra-Generational Trust - a Semi-Experimental Study of Trust Among Different Generations," Working Papers 2002:16, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2002_016
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    Keywords

    Trust game; social capital; cohort effect; experiments;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General

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