Collective Trust Behavior

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This paper investigates trust behavior in situations where decision-makers are large groups and the decision mechanism is collective. Theories from behavioral economics and psychology suggest that trust in such situations may differ from interindividual trust. The experimental
results here reveal a large difference in trust but not in trustworthiness between the individual and collective setting. Furthermore, a field experiment captures the determinants of collective
trust behavior among two Swedish cohorts. Beliefs about the other group and one’s own group are strongly associated with collective trustworthiness and trust behavior.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics


  • voting, experiment, Decision making, beliefs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-53
JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Economics (012008000), Division of Health Economics and Forensic Medicine (Closed 2012) (013040050)

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