Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Lund University, Department of Economics

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

Håkan Holm () and Paul Nystedt ()
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Håkan Holm: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Paul Nystedt: Department of Economics, Linköping University, Postal: Department of Economics, Linköping University, 58183 Linköping, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: C78; C90; D70; J10

32 pages, May 31, 2002

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