Trust, Market Participation and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Rural China

Q. Tu, E.H. Bulte

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Markets can only function properly in the presence of sufficient trust. We explore the relation between trusting behavior and market integration in rural China. We link the results of a trust experiment to actual behavior in the field (participation in the labor market versus informally exchanging labor), and find that high-trust households are more likely to use formal markets. We proceed by exploring the relation between labor market participation and economic outcomes, finding tentative evidence of a causal relation running from market participation to higher levels of income.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1179-1190
JournalWorld Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • stock-market
  • wage-labor
  • reciprocity
  • cooperation
  • risk

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