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Trust, voluntary cooperation, and socio-economic background: Survey and experimental evidence

Simon Gaechter, Benedikt Herrmann & Christian Thoeni

abstract We report survey and experimental evidence on trust and voluntary cooperation from more than 630 non-student and student participants in rural and urban Russia. Our subjects have a diverse socioeconomic background that we relate to the answers of a survey on trust attitudes and to contribution behavior in a one-shot public goods game. We find that the socio-economic background affects trust attitudes, but we find no separate influence of socio-economic variables on cooperative behavior in a one-shot public goods experiment. However, cooperation is significantly positively correlated to trust toward strangers and beliefs about the fairness and helpfulness of others
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Trust; Voluntary cooperation; Social capital; Demographics; Surveys; Experiments; Russia
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2004
journal Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
publisher Elsevier (Amsterdam)
ISSN 0167-2681
volume of journal 55
number of issue 4
page(s) 505-531
review blind review
   
citation Gaechter, S., Herrmann, B., & Thoeni, C. (2004). Trust, voluntary cooperation, and socio-economic background: Survey and experimental evidence. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 55(4), 505-531.