Trust and Expected Trustworthiness: Experimental Evidence from Zimbabwean Villages

17 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2003

Abstract

An economic experiment involving 24 small, tightly knit communities allows us to distinguish between trusting or trust-like behaviour based on expectational and non-expectational motivations. A model linking trusting behaviour to expectations of trustworthiness explains over half of the variation across communities. However, the estimated parameters are different (while being similarly well defined) for traditional and resettled communities. This is taken as evidence that non-expectational motivations are at work and vary with community type. Both the data and certain stylised facts suggest that altruistic motivations matter less and motivations relating to a desire to 'community-build' matter more in resettled communities.

Suggested Citation

Barr, Abigail Margaret, Trust and Expected Trustworthiness: Experimental Evidence from Zimbabwean Villages. Economic Journal, Vol. 113, pp. 614-630, July 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=423332

Abigail Margaret Barr (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

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