Trust and Cheating

36 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2016

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Jeffrey V. Butler

Dept. of Economics, University of California, Merced

Paola Giuliano

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Luigi Guiso

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

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Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

When we take a taxi we may feel cheated if the driver takes an unnecessarily long route despite the lack of a contract to take the shortest possible path. Is the behaviour of the driver affected by beliefs about our cheating notions? We address this question in the context of a trust game. We find that both parties to a trust exchange have personal notions of cheating and that these notions have a bimodal distribution. We conceptualise cheating notions as moral expectations, which provide a micro‚Äźfoundation for guilt. Cheating notions substantially affect decisions on both sides of the trust exchange.

Suggested Citation

Butler, Jeffrey Vincent and Giuliano, Paola and Guiso, Luigi, Trust and Cheating (September 2016). The Economic Journal, Vol. 126, Issue 595, pp. 1703-1738, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842848 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12271

Jeffrey Vincent Butler

Dept. of Economics, University of California, Merced ( email )

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