On Representative Trust
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2003-47
40 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2003
Date Written: September 10, 2003
This paper combines an economic experiment with survey data to investigate determinants of trust and trustworthiness in the Dutch society. We contrast the inferences which can be made on the trust propensity using stated and revealed measures and we test for participation bias in our experiment. We find that middle aged and educated individuals trust relatively more but are relatively less trustworthy. The effect of age and religion on trust is shown to depend heavily on whether experimental or survey trust measures are used. We find no evidence of participation bias in any experimental decisions.
Keywords: Measuring trust and trustworthiness, Economic experiments, Representative samples
JEL Classification: Z13, C90, C10
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