Group status, minorities and trust

Kei Tsutsui, Daniel John Zizzo

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Abstract

We present the results of an experiment measuring the impact of low group status and relative group size on trust, trustworthiness and discrimination. Subjects interact with insiders and outsiders in trust games and periodically enter markets where they can trade group membership. Low status and minority subjects have low morale: that is, they comparatively dislike being low status and being minority subjects. Group discrimination against low status and minority subjects is unchanged. However, low status subjects are deferential to high status subjects in terms of comparatively higher trust, and minority subjects are deferential to majority subjects in terms of comparatively higher trustworthiness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-244
Number of pages30
JournalExperimental Economics
Volume17
Issue number2
Early online date11 May 2013
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014

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