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Studying the Robustness of the Triadic Trust Design with Mechanical Turk Subjects


  • Mayo, Robert
  • McCabe, Kevin
  • Krueger, Frank


This paper uses subjects recruited from an online employment exchange to study the robustness of the triadic trust design with a different subject pool. In running our experiments we tried to take advantage of the cost reducing features of the micro-employment culture found on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. We find that first mover trust is robust to the change in subject pool, but second mover reciprocity was not.

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  • Mayo, Robert & McCabe, Kevin & Krueger, Frank, 2017. "Studying the Robustness of the Triadic Trust Design with Mechanical Turk Subjects," MPRA Paper 96720, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:96720

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    Trust; Reciprocity; Dictator Giving; Mechanical Turk; Triadic Trust Design;
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    JEL classification:

    • C99 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Other
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers


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