Studying the Robustness of the Triadic Trust Design with Mechanical Turk Subjects

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Robert Mayo

Concordia College; George Mason University

Kevin A. McCabe

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Frank Krueger

George Mason University - Department of Psychology; George Mason University - Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics

Date Written: March 9, 2017

Abstract

This paper uses subjects recruited from an online employment exchange to study the robustness of the triadic trust design with a different subject pool. In running our experiments we tried to take advantage of the cost reducing features of the micro-employment culture found on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. We find that first mover trust is robust to the change in subject pool, but second mover reciprocity was not.

Keywords: Trust, Reciprocity, Dictator Giving, Mechanical Turk, Triadic Trust Design

JEL Classification: C99, D31, D64

Suggested Citation

Mayo, Robert and McCabe, Kevin A. and Krueger, Frank, Studying the Robustness of the Triadic Trust Design with Mechanical Turk Subjects (March 9, 2017). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 18-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3193213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3193213

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Frank Krueger

George Mason University - Department of Psychology

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George Mason University - Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics

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