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Trust and trustworthiness after a land restitution program: Lab-in-the-field evidence from Colombia

Francesco Bogliacino (), Gianluca Grimalda Grimalda (), Laura JimeÌ nez (), Daniel Reyes Galvis () and Cristiano Codagnone ()
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Gianluca Grimalda Grimalda: Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Laura JimeÌ nez: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Cristiano Codagnone: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Università degli Studi di Milano

No 291, HiCN Working Papers from Households in Conflict Network

Abstract: We assess the impact of a governmental program to compensate victims of forced displacement on pro-social behavior. All our subjects were eligible to apply for restitution of their land in accordance with the "Bill of Victims" (Ley de ViÌ ctimas, Bill 1448/2011). The key independent variable of our analysis is whether a subject had obtained land within this or similar programs. Our dependent variables are a subject's trust and trustworthiness to unknown others, as measured by a modified version of a Trust Game. We focus on interpersonal trust and trustworthiness because of their well-documented positive effect on economic development. Our design also included a treatment in which subjects voted on their most preferred outcomes in the Trust Game, because we wanted to understand whether forms of consultative democracy could engender higher mutual trust. We find that land restitution significantly increases trustworthiness, while there is no effect on trust. This is consistent with findings that trust and trustworthiness tap into different aspects of pro-sociality. Voting does not improve either trust or trustworthiness, but there is a positive effect once interacted with restitution.

Keywords: trust; trustworthiness; internally displaced population; reparations JEL Classification: C93, I38, Q15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-01
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