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The effects of status mobility and group identity on trust

Rémi Suchon () and Marie Claire Villeval ()

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2019, vol. 163, issue C, 430-463

Abstract: In a laboratory experiment we test the interaction effects of group identity and status on interpersonal trust. Natural group identity is generated by school affiliation. Status (expert or agent) is awarded based on the relative performance in a math quiz that is ex ante less favorable to the subjects from one group. We find that “promoted” trustors (individuals from the disadvantaged group that nevertheless achieve the status of expert) trust less both in-group and out-group trustees, compared to the other members of their group. Status promotion singles out individuals and seems to weaken group identification. In contrast, trustworthiness is not affected by status and there is no evidence that interacting with promoted individuals impacts trust or trustworthiness.

Keywords: Trust; Status; Group identity; Social mobility; Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C92 D91 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2019.05.020

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