Civic Honesty and Cultures of Trust
13 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 9, 2019
Recent work on Cohn et al. (2019) shows that civic honesty captured in a wallet-return experiment varies considerably across the world. This paper uses the new experiment to validate the alternative way of measuring trust and honesty from questionnaires. Comparisons of wallet return rates and questionnaire trust across 38 countries and 105 European regions show that experimental behaviour and social trust measured in questionnaires are strongly correlated. The new experimental data thus validate the widespread use of questionnaire-based measures in the trust literature.
Keywords: social trust, experiments
JEL Classification: Z13
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