Take a Chance: Building Trust in and Across Identity Groups

44 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2013

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Yoshiko M. Herrera

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science

Andrew Kydd

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how trust can be developed in and across social identity groups. Our model of trust-building is based on the concept of reassurance, where individuals who start with too much distrust to cooperate over important issues proceed gradually to reassure each other and cooperate over larger and larger issues over time. A critical aspect of reassurance is that it involves not mere contact but actually taking chances with another person in order to observe behavior and determine that person’s trustworthiness. We consider two parameters that shape interactions within and across groups: loyalty and prejudice. Our findings suggest that those who wish to build trust between identity groups should be relatively unprejudiced against the out group, be very loyal to their own identity group, and be in a structure where interaction involves limited but real risks.

Keywords: trust, social identity, reassurance, game theory, prejudice

Suggested Citation

Herrera, Yoshiko M. and Kydd, Andrew, Take a Chance: Building Trust in and Across Identity Groups (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2299577

Yoshiko M. Herrera (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science ( email )

1050 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States

Andrew Kydd

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

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