Internet Cautions: Experimental Games with Internet Partners
Catherine C. Eckel
Texas A&M University
Rick K. Wilson
Rice University - Department of Political Science
April 1, 2006
Experimental Economics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 53-66, 2006
We report the results of experiments conducted over the internet between two different laboratories. Each subject at one site is matched with a subject at another site in a trust game experiment. We investigate whether subjects believe they are really matched with another person, and suggest a methodology for ensuring that subjects’ beliefs are accurate. Results show that skepticism can lead to misleading results. If subjects do not believe they are matched with a real person, they trust too much: i.e., they trust the experimenter rather than their partner.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Methodology, Experiment, Trust Game, Beliefs, Internet
JEL Classification: C9Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 17, 2011
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