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Can We Trust the Measurement of Trust?

Jarl, Tove LU and Eldblom, Erik LU (2012) NEKH01 20121
Department of Economics
Abstract
This study investigates the concept of ‘trust’ through exploring the relationship between answers to a standard survey questions and behaviour observed in an economical experiment. The survey question has been used in a wide range of reports and studies related to economic development. Therefore, ensuring that the survey question has high validity and that it accurately captures the level of trust in the population is of utmost importance. Students at the University of Dar es-Salaam were asked to participate in a trust game and answer survey questions relating to trust. By comparing their behaviour in the trust game with their survey answers, the predictive power of the survey questions were investigated. Except from the standard survey... (More)
This study investigates the concept of ‘trust’ through exploring the relationship between answers to a standard survey questions and behaviour observed in an economical experiment. The survey question has been used in a wide range of reports and studies related to economic development. Therefore, ensuring that the survey question has high validity and that it accurately captures the level of trust in the population is of utmost importance. Students at the University of Dar es-Salaam were asked to participate in a trust game and answer survey questions relating to trust. By comparing their behaviour in the trust game with their survey answers, the predictive power of the survey questions were investigated. Except from the standard survey question, an additional set of questions was included in the survey to investigate if these questions could better predict the behaviour in the experiment. It was found that the standard survey question could not predict behaviour in the trust game. Based on the results from the analysis we question the use of the standard survey question for measuring trust and propose the use of organisational membership as an indicator of trust. (Less)
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author
Jarl, Tove LU and Eldblom, Erik LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Investigating the Validity of the Standard Trust Question
course
NEKH01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
trust game, social capital, economical experiment, World Value Survey, Tanzania
language
English
id
3054958
date added to LUP
2012-09-26 10:56:07
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2012-09-27 08:26:03
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  abstract     = {This study investigates the concept of ‘trust’ through exploring the relationship between answers to a standard survey questions and behaviour observed in an economical experiment. The survey question has been used in a wide range of reports and studies related to economic development. Therefore, ensuring that the survey question has high validity and that it accurately captures the level of trust in the population is of utmost importance. Students at the University of Dar es-Salaam were asked to participate in a trust game and answer survey questions relating to trust. By comparing their behaviour in the trust game with their survey answers, the predictive power of the survey questions were investigated. Except from the standard survey question, an additional set of questions was included in the survey to investigate if these questions could better predict the behaviour in the experiment. It was found that the standard survey question could not predict behaviour in the trust game. Based on the results from the analysis we question the use of the standard survey question for measuring trust and propose the use of organisational membership as an indicator of trust.},
  author       = {Jarl, Tove and Eldblom, Erik},
  keyword      = {trust game,social capital,economical experiment,World Value Survey,Tanzania},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Can We Trust the Measurement of Trust?},
  year         = {2012},
}