The paper assesses risk tolerance, trust and trustworthiness among male and female youth group members in recently formed primary cooperative businesses in Ethiopia. Male members are found to be more risk tolerant, trusting and trustworthy than females.
There is a strong positive correlation between individual risk tolerance and trust for male but not for female members. Individual risk tolerance is positively correlated with trustworthiness for males and negatively correlated with trustworthiness for females.
Females are more trustworthy in groups with more risk tolerant members. Females’ trustworthiness is more sensitive to group characteristics and experiences. The findings are consistent with social role theory as males appear more instrumental and females more communal in their responses.
The paper is published as a CLTS Working Paper and can be downloaded here.
CLTS WP 3/18
Published 19. March 2018 - 8:38 - Updated 20. March 2018 - 8:45