Experimental investigation of the development, maintenance, and disintegration of trust between anonymous agents

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Title:
Experimental investigation of the development, maintenance, and disintegration of trust between anonymous agents
Author:
Murphy, Ryan O'Loughlin
Issue Date:
2004
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
In this dissertation the dynamics of trust between anonymous agents playing iterated trust dilemmas are examined. Two separate experimental institutions are used. The first institution is a three-player Centipede Game. The second is a novel institution called the Real Time Trust Game. Both games have structures with diametrically opposed Pareto optimal outcomes and Nash equilibrium. Mutually anonymous individuals play the games for real pecuniary rewards. A variety of experimental manipulations are employed to determine their relative effects on individuals' decisions, as well as the changes in population dynamics. General findings confirm the fragility of trust in these barren institutions, the institutions used here are barren in the sense that the normal social mechanisms that typically facilitate trust (credible communication, reputation, potential retaliation) are unavailable to players. As a consequence, most of the results display a slow breakdown of trust between players, with the rate of decay being subject to experimental manipulation. Nonetheless, individual differences are substantial and a handful of players resist playing narrowly rational strategies, exhibiting "hard-core" cooperative tendencies.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Business Administration, Management.; Psychology, Cognitive.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Business Administration
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Rapoport, Amnon

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleExperimental investigation of the development, maintenance, and disintegration of trust between anonymous agentsen_US
dc.creatorMurphy, Ryan O'Loughlinen_US
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Ryan O'Loughlinen_US
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this dissertation the dynamics of trust between anonymous agents playing iterated trust dilemmas are examined. Two separate experimental institutions are used. The first institution is a three-player Centipede Game. The second is a novel institution called the Real Time Trust Game. Both games have structures with diametrically opposed Pareto optimal outcomes and Nash equilibrium. Mutually anonymous individuals play the games for real pecuniary rewards. A variety of experimental manipulations are employed to determine their relative effects on individuals' decisions, as well as the changes in population dynamics. General findings confirm the fragility of trust in these barren institutions, the institutions used here are barren in the sense that the normal social mechanisms that typically facilitate trust (credible communication, reputation, potential retaliation) are unavailable to players. As a consequence, most of the results display a slow breakdown of trust between players, with the rate of decay being subject to experimental manipulation. Nonetheless, individual differences are substantial and a handful of players resist playing narrowly rational strategies, exhibiting "hard-core" cooperative tendencies.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBusiness Administration, Management.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology, Cognitive.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineBusiness Administrationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRapoport, Amnonen_US
dc.identifier.proquest3131623en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b46709356en_US
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