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Are Survey measures of Trust Correlated with Experimental Trust? Empirical Evidence from Cameroon

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  • Alvin Etang Ndip

    () (Yale University, Economic Growth Centre)

  • David Fielding

    () (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Stephen Knowles

    () (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

Abstract

We analyze the correlation between survey-based measures of trust and behavior in the Trust Game in two villages in Cameroon. Some participants play the Trust Game with people from their own village, and others with people from a neighboring village. The survey that the participants complete includes questions about trust and social distance that reflect the experimental treatment. Some measures of survey-based trust are correlated with experimental trust, but the level of correlation is not uniform.

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  • Alvin Etang Ndip & David Fielding & Stephen Knowles, 2010. "Are Survey measures of Trust Correlated with Experimental Trust? Empirical Evidence from Cameroon," Working Papers 1016, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2010.
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    Keywords

    Trust Game; social capital; surveys;

    JEL classification:

    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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