On Representative Trust

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2003-47

40 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2003

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Charles Bellemare

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; Centre Interuniversitaire sur le Risque, les Politiques Economiques et l'Emploi (CIRPÉE); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sabine Kröger

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Date Written: September 10, 2003

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bellemare, Charles and Kroger, Sabine, On Representative Trust (September 10, 2003). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2003-47, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=425340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.425340

Charles Bellemare

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

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Sabine Kroger (Contact Author)

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

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Canada

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