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Similarities and Differences when Building Trust: the Role of Cultures

Fabian Bornhorst (), Andrea Ichino, Oliver Kirchkamp (), Karl Schlag () and Eyal Winter ()

No 7717, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We run an experiment in which students of different European nationalities are matched in groups of five and repeatedly choose with whom within their group they want to play a trust game. Participants observe of each other age, gender, nationality and number of siblings. The region of origin, "North" or "South" is a major determinant of success in the experiment. Participants tend to trust those they trusted before and who trusted them. We do not find evidence of regional discrimination per se. It is only the underlying and significant differences in behavior that translate through repeated interactions into differences in payoffs between the two regions.

Keywords: European regions; experiments; Trust; trustworthiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C92 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-02
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