The effects of status mobility and group identity on trust / Rémi Suchon (Université de Lyon, ENS de Lyon and GATE UMR 5824), Marie Claire Villeval (Université de Lyon, CNRS, GATE UMR 5824 and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserSuchon, Rémi ; Villeval, Marie-Claire
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12086
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

In a laboratory experiment we test the interaction effects of status and group identity on interpersonal trust. Natural group identity is generated by school affiliation. Status (expert or agent) is awarded based on relative performance in a math quiz that is ex ante less favorable to the subjects from one group. We find that “promoted” trustors (individuals from the disadvantaged group that nevertheless achieve the status of expert) trust less both in-group and out-group trustees, compared to the other members of their group. Rather than playing against the effects of natural group identity, status promotion singles-out individuals. In contrast, trustworthiness is not affected by status and there is no evidence that interacting with promoted individuals impacts trust or trustworthiness.