Trust under the prospect theory and quasi-hyperbolic preferences: a field experiment in Vietnam

Nguyen, Quang and Villeval, Marie Claire and Xu, Hui (2016) Trust under the prospect theory and quasi-hyperbolic preferences: a field experiment in Vietnam. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 64 (3). pp. 545-572. ISSN 0013-0079

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We conduct a field experiment in Vietnamese villages to explore the effect of the prospect theory and of quasi-hyperbolic time preferences parameters on trust and trustworthiness. We find that risk aversion, loss aversion and present bias do not influence trustors’ decisions, but a higher time discounting increases the amount sent in the South of Vietnam and probability weighting decreases it in the North. If time discounting and loss aversion do not influence trustworthiness, we show that more risk averse and less present biased trustees return a higher share of their wealth to the trustors. These results suggest that adopting another perspective than the expected utility theory and the exponential discounting approach of time preferences enables to uncover some channels by which risk and intertemporal time preferences influence trusting behavior in societies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online: Jan 28, 2016
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 17347
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Depositing User: Quang Nguyen
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 13:54
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 09:44

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