Does trust extend beyond the village? Experimental trust and social distance in Cameroon

  title={Does trust extend beyond the village? Experimental trust and social distance in Cameroon},
  author={Alvin Etang and David Fielding and Stephen Knowles},
  journal={Experimental Economics},
In this paper we use experimental data from rural Cameroon to quantify the effect of social distance on trust and altruism. Our measure of social distance is relevant to everyday economic interactions: subjects in a Trust Game play with fellow villagers or with someone from a different village. We find that significantly more money is sent when the players are from the same village. Other factors that influence transfers at least as much as the same-village effect are gender, education and… 

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    Oxford Economic Papers
  • 2018
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  • Yashodha
  • Psychology
    Journal of the Economic Science Association
  • 2019
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