Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2002:12: Trust in the Tropics? Experimental Evidence from Tanzania

Anders Danielson and Hakan J Holm ()
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Anders Danielson: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Hakan J Holm: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: Undergraduates in Tanzania were exposed to one Trust game, one Dictator game and a standard set of survey questions relating to trust. We demonstrate that the survey questions neither predicts trust behavior nor trustworthiness as previously claimed by Glaeser et al. (2000). It is also shown that donation motives play an important part in the proportion returned by the second player in the Trust game and that survey answers are correlated to donations in the Dictator game. These aspects have often been neglected in previous research.

Keywords: Trust; trust game; social capital; altruism; experiments

JEL-codes: C78; C90; D70

39 pages, April 18, 2002

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