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The lab versus the virtual lab and virtual field - an experimental investigation of trust games with communication

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Fiedler, Marina; Haruvy, Ernan

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Abstract We study trust games in a virtual world environment and contrast results with laboratory studies, with and without personal interaction enabled by the virtual world platform. Particular attention is given to the motives that drive behavior in the various environments and to issues that are context dependent, particularly communication and social distance. We find that allowing for personal interaction through a virtual world interface increases the amount sent relative to laboratory results, but that subjects recruited in the virtual world give and return less than the laboratory control group with the same virtual world interface.
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Free Keywords Experiments; Trust; Communication; Cooperation; Cheap talk; Virtual Worlds
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 716-724
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72 (2009) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2009.07.013
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)