Measuring people's trust
Thomas Siedler () and
SC Noah Uhrig
No 2007-32, ISER Working Paper Series from Institute for Social and Economic Research
We measure trust and trustworthiness in British society with an experiment using real monetary rewards and a sample of the British population. The study also asks the most typical survey question that aims to measure trust, showing that it does not predict â€˜trustâ€™ as measured in the experiment. Overall, about 40% of people were willing to trust a stranger in our experiment, and their trust was rewarded one-half of the time. Analysis of variation in the trust behaviour in our survey suggests that trust is more likely if people are older, their financial situation is â€˜comfortableâ€™, they are a homeowner, or they are divorced or separated. Trustworthiness is less likely if a personâ€™s financial situation is perceived by them as â€˜just getting byâ€™ or difficult.
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