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Department of Economics, Lund University Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University

No 2002:16:
Intra-Generational Trust - a Semi-Experimental Study of Trust Among Different Generations

Håkan Holm () and Paul Nystedt ()

Abstract: From a public database in Sweden we obtained a subject pool consisting of one group 20 years old and another group that was exactly 50 years older. The groups participated in a mail-based trust game. In the trust game the young cohort exhibited significantly more trust than the old cohort did. Furthermore, subjects preferred to place trust in co-players of their own cohort. When amounts sent and proportions returned in the mail-based game are compared with other trust games conducted in standard laboratory environments it is found that the mail-based game does not seem to generate extreme distributions.

Keywords: Trust game; social capital; cohort effect; experiments; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C78; C90; D70; J10; (follow links to similar papers)

32 pages, May 31, 2002

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This paper is published as:
Holm, Håkan and Paul Nystedt, (2005), 'Intra-Generational Trust - a Semi-Experimental Study of Trust Among Different Generations', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 58, No. 3, pages 403-419

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