Trust and Cooperation: Evidence From the Realm of Data-Sharing

Bauer PC, Keusch F, Kreuter F (2019) Trust and cooperative behavior: Evidence from the realm of data-sharing. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0220115. Doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220115

Posted: 12 Feb 2019 Last revised: 9 Jan 2020

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Paul C. Bauer

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES)

Florian Keusch

University of Mannheim

Frauke Kreuter

Joint Program in Survey Methodology

Date Written: March 14, 2019

Abstract

Trust is praised by many social scientists as the foundation of functioning social systems owing to its assumed connection to cooperative behavior. The existence of such a link is still subject to debate. In the present study, we first highlight important conceptual issues within this debate. Second, we examine previous evidence, highlighting several issues. Third, we present findings from an original experiment, in which we tried to identify a "real" situation that allowed us to measure both trust and cooperation. People's expectations and behavior when they decide to share (or not) their data represents such a situation, and we make use of corresponding data. Our study yields insights that are relevant for the trust --- behavior nexus beyond the particular situation we study empirically.

Keywords: Trust, Cooperation, Cooperative Behavior, Data Sharing

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Paul C. and Keusch, Florian and Kreuter, Frauke, Trust and Cooperation: Evidence From the Realm of Data-Sharing (March 14, 2019). Bauer PC, Keusch F, Kreuter F (2019) Trust and cooperative behavior: Evidence from the realm of data-sharing. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0220115. Doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220115, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3327244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3327244

Paul C. Bauer (Contact Author)

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

Germany

Florian Keusch

University of Mannheim ( email )

Universitaetsbibliothek Mannheim
Zeitschriftenabteilung
Mannheim, 68131
Germany

Frauke Kreuter

Joint Program in Survey Methodology ( email )

College Park, MD 20742
United States

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