The Causal Effect of Market Priming on Trust: an experimental investigation using randomized control
behavior; game theory; altruistic behavior; economic history; cognition; decision making; economics; experimental economics
PLoS ONE, 8(3)
2013 Al-Ubaydli et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
We report data from laboratory experiments where participants were primed using phrases related to markets and trade. Participants then participated in trust games with anonymous strangers. The decisions of primed participants are compared to those of a control group. We find evidence that priming for market participation affects positively the beliefs regarding the trustworthiness of anonymous strangers and increases trusting decisions.