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Gender Differences in Risk Tolerance, Trust and Trustworthiness: Are They Related?

Stein Holden () and Mesfin Tilahun
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Mesfin Tilahun: Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Postal: Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Aas, Norway

No 3/18, CLTS Working Papers from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Centre for Land Tenure Studies

Abstract: The paper assesses risk tolerance, trust and trustworthiness among male and female youth group members in recently formed primary cooperative businesses in Ethiopia. Male members are found to be more risk tolerant, trusting and trustworthy than females. There is a strong positive correlation between individual risk tolerance and trust for male while this correlation is much weaker for female members. Individual risk tolerance is positively correlated with trustworthiness for males but not for females. Females are more trusting and trustworthy in groups with more risk tolerant members. Females’ trustworthiness is more sensitive to group characteristics and experiences. The findings are consistent with social role theory as males appear more instrumental and females more communal in their responses.

Keywords: Gender differences; risk tolerance; trust; trustworthiness; youth business group members; social role theory; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D80 D81 D84 D90 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2018-03-19, Revised 2019-10-16
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-gen and nep-soc
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