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Can you trust the good guys? Trust within and between groups with different missions


Fehrler, Sebastian; Kosfeld, Michael (2013). Can you trust the good guys? Trust within and between groups with different missions. Economics Letters, 121(3):400-404.

Abstract

Non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations attract workers who strongly identify themselves with their missions. We study whether these “good guys” are more trustworthy, and how such pronounced group identities affect trust and trustworthiness within the groups and towards out-groups. We find that subjects who strongly identify themselves with a non-profit mission are more trustworthy in a minimal group setting but also harshly discriminate against out-groups when subjects are grouped by the missions they identify themselves with.

Abstract

Non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations attract workers who strongly identify themselves with their missions. We study whether these “good guys” are more trustworthy, and how such pronounced group identities affect trust and trustworthiness within the groups and towards out-groups. We find that subjects who strongly identify themselves with a non-profit mission are more trustworthy in a minimal group setting but also harshly discriminate against out-groups when subjects are grouped by the missions they identify themselves with.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social identity theory, Group identity, Trust, Trustworthiness, Discrimination, Organization
Language:English
Date:December 2013
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 09:37
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 01:05
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0165-1765
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2013.09.007

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