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Distinguishing Trust From Risk: An Anatomy Of The Investment Game

Date Added: Oct 2009
Format: PDF

The role of trust in promoting economic activity and societal development has received considerable academic attention by social scientists. A popular way to measure trust at the individual level is the so-called "Investment game" (Berg, Dickhaut, and McCabe, 1995). It has been widely noted, however, that risk attitudes can also affect decisions in this game, and thus in principle confound inferences about trust. The authors provide novel evidence shedding light on the role of risk attitudes for trusting decisions.