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No 2003:6:
Tropic Trust versus Nordic Trust: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania and Sweden

Anders Danielson and Hakan J Holm ()

Abstract: Undergraduates in Tanzania and Sweden participated in one Trust game, one Dictator game, and answered a standard set of survey questions relating to trust. In both countries we detected a strong and significant relation between Dictator donations and proportions returned in Trust games, which indicates that unconditional distribution preferences matter in Trust game behaviour. Furthermore, in Sweden evaluations of unrevealed Dictator donations significantly predicted the amount sent in Trust games. The predictive power of survey trust questions differed between countries: in Sweden, but not in Tanzania a plausible relation between survey trust and trust behaviour was found

Keywords: trust; Trust game; reciprocity; altruism; experiments; (follow links to similar papers)

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

50 pages, May 6, 2003

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Danielson, Anders and Hakan J Holm, (2005), 'Tropic Trust versus Nordic Trust: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania and Sweden', Economic Journal, Vol. 115, pages 505-532

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