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
Date Written: March 14, 2019
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
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