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Autoren: 
Dieckmann, Anja
Fischbacher, Urs
Grimm, Veronika
Unfried, Matthias
Utikal, Verena
Valmasoni, Lorenzo
Datum: 
2015
Reihe/Nr.: 
IWQW Discussion Paper Series 04/2015
Zusammenfassung: 
We conduct an experimental study among European citizens regarding cross-cultural perceptions related to trust in two dimensions: volunteerism and honesty. We use representative samples from five major economies of the Euro area: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. We find that European citizens rely on nationality to infer behavior. Assessments of behavior show a north/south pattern in which participants from northern countries are perceived to be more honest and to provide more effort in a volunteering game than are participants from southern countries. Actual behavior is, however, not always in line with these assessments. Assessments of honesty show strong evidence of social projection: Participants expect other European citizens to be less honest if they are culturally closer to themselves. Assessments of volunteerism instead show a similar north/south-pattern in which both northern and southern Europeans expect higher performance of northerners than they do of southerners.
Schlagwörter: 
Cross-cultural perceptions
Europe
Honesty
Real effort
Representative experiment
JEL: 
D82
D84
C93
Z13
Dokumentart: 
Working Paper

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