Do the Reciprocal Trust Less?

10 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2007

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Steffen Altmann

University of Copenhagen; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thomas J. Dohmen

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Maastricht University - Business Investment Research Center (BIRC)

Matthias Wibral

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

We study the intrapersonal relationship between trust and reciprocity in a laboratory experiment. Reciprocal subjects trust significantly more than selfish ones. This finding raises questions about theories of social preferences which predict that "fairer" players should trust less.

Keywords: trust, reciprocity, social preferences, fairness, laboratory experiment

JEL Classification: C91, D63

Suggested Citation

Altmann, Steffen and Dohmen, Thomas and Wibral, Matthias, Do the Reciprocal Trust Less? (August 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012795

Steffen Altmann (Contact Author)

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Thomas Dohmen

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Matthias Wibral

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
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