Competition Fosters Trust

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We study the effects of reputation and competition in a trust game. If trustees are anonymous, outcomes are poor: trustees are not trustworthy, and trustors do not trust. If trustees are identifiable and can, hence, build a reputation, efficiency quadruples but is still at only a third of the first best. Adding more information by granting trustors access to all trustees' complete history has, somewhat surprisingly, no effect. On the other hand, we find that competition, coupled with some minimal information, eliminates the trust problem almost completely
TidsskriftGames and Economic Behavior
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)195-209
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2012

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JEL Classification: C72; C92; D40; L14

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