March, 2013

The Causal Effect of Market Priming on Trust: An Experimental Investigation Using Randomized Control

  • John Nye

    Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy, Mercatus Center
  • Omar Ahmad Al-Ubaydli

    Senior Affiliated Scholar
  • Daniel Houser

  • Xiaofei Pan

  • Marai Paganelli

Contact us
To speak with a scholar or learn more on this topic, visit our contact page.

This paper reports 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. This paper then finds evidence that priming for market participation affects positively the beliefs regarding the trustworthiness of anonymous strangers and increases trusting decisions.

Find the article at PLoS ONE.