To What Extent Do Latin Americans Trust and Cooperate? Field Experiments on Social Exclusion in Six Latin American Countries

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Alberto Chong

University of Ottawa

Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

This paper explores the extent to which individuals trust, reciprocate, cooperate and pool risk by using a battery of field experiments containing the trust game, the voluntary contributions mechanism and the risk pooling game; applied in six capital cities in Latin America. The results suggest that: (i) on average, the propensity to trust and cooperate among Latin Americans is remarkably similar to that found in other regions of the world; (ii) expectations about the behavior of other players are the main driver of trust, reciprocity and cooperation; and (iii) behaviors involving socialization, trust and cooperation are closely interconnected.

Suggested Citation

Chong, Alberto and Nopo, Hugo, To What Extent Do Latin Americans Trust and Cooperate? Field Experiments on Social Exclusion in Six Latin American Countries (April 2008). IDB Working Paper No. 535. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1820923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1820923

Alberto Chong (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

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Canada

Hugo Nopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20577
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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