Trust in African Villages: Experimental Evidence from Rural Sierra Leone

Paul Hofman, E.H. Bulte, M.J. Voors

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This chapter studies the correlates of trust and trustworthiness for a population of African smallholder farmers. Using experimental and survey data from 1,289 subjects in 86 communities in Sierra Leone, the study finds that the number of tokens sent in a trust game is smaller than amounts typically sent in other contexts. Levels of trustworthiness, as measured by the number of tokens sent back in the trust game, are comparable. The chapter also shows that trust and trustworthiness are correlated with certain social preferences, beliefs, and village context variables. This calls into question what is exactly measured by the trust game.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrust in Social Dilemma's
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190630782
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameHuman Cooperation


  • Africa
  • Beliefs
  • Experimental data
  • Farmer
  • Sierra leone
  • Social preferences
  • Trust
  • Trustworthiness


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