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The effects physical activity on social interactions: The case of trust and trustworthiness

Giovanni Di Bartolomeo () and Stefano Papa ()

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Abstract: There is no doubt that physical activity improves health conditions; however, does it also affect the way people interact? Beyond the obvious effects related to team games or sharing common activities such as attending a gym, we wonder whether physical activity has in itself some effect on social behavior. Our research focuses on the potential effects of physical activity on trust and trustworthiness. Specifically, we compare the choices of subjects playing an investment game who were previously exposed to short-time physical activity to others who are not exposed to it, but involved in a different simple task. On average, we find that subjects exposed to physical activity exhibit more trust and pro-social behaviors than those who are not exposed. These effects are not temporary.

Keywords: physical activity; investment game; trust; trustworthiness; gender effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 C91 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-11
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