Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Intra-Generational Trust - a Semi-Experimental Study of Trust Among Different Generations
() 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
- 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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