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A Nation-Wide Laboratory: Examining Trust and Trustworthiness by Integrating Behavioral Experiments into Representative Surveys

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dc.creator Fehr, Ernst
dc.creator Fischbacher, Urs
dc.creator von Rosenbladt, Bernhard
dc.creator Schupp, Jürgen
dc.creator Wagner, Gert G.
dc.date 2003
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:55Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:55Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20527
dc.identifier ppn:36059008X
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20527
dc.description Typically, laboratory experiments suffer from homogeneous subject pools and self-selection biases. The usefulness of survey data is limited by measurement error and by the questionability of their behavioral relevance. Here we present a method integrating interactive experiments and representative surveys thereby overcoming crucial weaknesses of both approaches. One of the major advantages of our approach is that it allows for the integration of experiments, which require interaction among the participants, with a survey of noninteracting respondents in a smooth and inexpensive way. We illustrate the power of our approach with the analysis of trust and trustworthiness in Germany by combining representative survey data with representative behavioral data from a social dilemma experiment. We identify which survey questions intended to elicit people's trust correlate well with behaviorally exhibited trust in the experiment. People above the age of 65, highly skilled workers and people living in bigger households exhibit less trusting behavior. Foreign citizens, Catholics and people favoring the Social Democratic Party or the Christian Democratic Party exhibit more trust. People above the age of 65 and those in good health behave more trustworthy or more altruistically, respectively. People below the age of 35, the unemployed and people who say they are in favor of none of the political parties behave less trustworthy or less altruistically, respectively.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 715
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject D84
dc.subject J24
dc.subject C42
dc.subject A13
dc.subject C93
dc.subject C92
dc.subject C82
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject experiment
dc.subject survey
dc.subject trust
dc.subject trustworthiness
dc.subject altruism
dc.subject Vertrauen
dc.subject Altruismus
dc.subject Experiment
dc.subject Meinung
dc.subject Schätzung
dc.subject Sozialpsychologie
dc.subject Deutschland
dc.title A Nation-Wide Laboratory: Examining Trust and Trustworthiness by Integrating Behavioral Experiments into Representative Surveys
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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