Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213525
Authors: 
Bigoni, Maria
Bortolotti, Stefania
Rattini, Veronica
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 1128
Abstract: 
We study how differences in socio-economic background correlate with preferences and beliefs, in a sample of college students born in a mid-sized Italian city. Our findings indicate that participants living in an area characterized by a high socio-economic environment tend to trust more and are more inclined to reciprocate higher levels of trust, as compared to those coming from less wealthy neighborhoods. This behavioral difference is, at least in part, driven by heterogeneities in beliefs: subjects from the most affluent part of the city have more optimistic expectations on their counterpart's trustworthiness than those living in a lower socio-economic environment. By contrast, no significant differences emerge in other preferences: generosity, risk-attitudes, and time preferences. Finally, we do not find any systematic evidence of out-group discrimination based on neighborhood identity.
Subjects: 
Socio Economic Status
Beliefs
Generosity
Risk attitudes
Time preferences
Trust
Trustworthiness
JEL: 
C90
D31
D63
R23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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