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Trust and trustworthiness after a land restitution program: Lab-in-the-field evidence from Colombia

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  • Francesco Bogliacino

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Centro de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo, Carrera 30, No 45-03, Bogotá, Bloque 311, Oficina 12b, 3165000 ext. 12431)

  • Gianluca Grimalda

    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Centre for Global Cooperation Research)

  • Laura Jiménez

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

  • Daniel Reyes Galvis

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

  • Cristiano Codagnone

    (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Università degli Studi di Milano)

Abstract

We assess the impact of a governmental program to compensate victims of forced displacement on pro-social behavior. All our subjects were eligible to apply for restitution of their land in accordance with the "Bill of Victims" (Ley de Víctimas, Bill 1448/2011). The key independent variable of our analysis is whether a subject had obtained land within this or similar programs. Our dependent variables are a subject's trust and trustworthiness to unknown others, as measured by a modified version of a Trust Game. We focus on interpersonal trust and trustworthiness because of their well-documented positive effect on economic development. Our design also included a treatment in which subjects voted on their most preferred outcomes in the Trust Game, because we wanted to understand whether forms of consultative democracy could engender higher mutual trust. We find that land restitution significantly increases trustworthiness, while there is no effect on trust. This is consistent with findings that trust and trustworthiness tap into different aspects of pro-sociality. Voting does not improve either trust or trustworthiness, but there is a positive effect once interacted with restitution.

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  • Francesco Bogliacino & Gianluca Grimalda & Laura Jiménez & Daniel Reyes Galvis & Cristiano Codagnone, 2019. "Trust and trustworthiness after a land restitution program: Lab-in-the-field evidence from Colombia," HiCN Working Papers 291, Households in Conflict Network.
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    Keywords

    trust; trustworthiness; internally displaced population; reparations;
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    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment

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