Consultative Democracy and Trust

48 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2015

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Francesco Bogliacino

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics

Laura Jiménez

Fondazione Roberto Franceschi

Gianluca Grimalda

Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen; Jaume I University

Date Written: April 8, 2015

Abstract

We report experimental results from three Colombian villages concerning the impact of a voting mechanism on interpersonal trust and trustworthiness. The vote is purely consultative in that participants are asked to declare in a secret ballot the most "appropriate" plan of action for individuals involved in a "Trust Game". The plan of action that is most voted is then publicly announced. The mechanism is unbinding, as only the aggregate result of the voting is disclosed and it has no bearing on individual decisions. In spite of the strategic irrelevance of the announcement, we observe an increase in both trust and trustworthiness after the announcement is carried out, in comparison to the baseline case where no voting takes place.

Keywords: Experiments, Trust, Voting.

JEL Classification: A13; C93; B49; D63.

Suggested Citation

Bogliacino, Francesco and Jiménez, Laura and Grimalda, Gianluca, Consultative Democracy and Trust (April 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2593372 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2593372

Francesco Bogliacino (Contact Author)

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Colombia

Laura Jiménez

Fondazione Roberto Franceschi ( email )

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Milano, 20162
Italy

Gianluca Grimalda

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

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Kiel, Schleswig-Hosltein D-24100
Germany

Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

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Germany

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

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