CLTS Working Paper on Gender Differences in Risk Tolerance, Trust and Trustworthiness

The paper "Gender Differences in Risk Tolerance, Trust and Trustworthiness: Are They Related?" written by Stein T. Holden and Mesfin Tilahun is now published as a CLTS Working Paper.

CLTS Working Paper on Gender Differences in Risk Tolerance, Trust and Trustworthiness

CLTS WP 3/18

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CLTS WP 3/18
The paper is published as a CLTS Working Paper and can be downloaded here.


Abstract
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.

Published 19. March 2018 - 8:38 - Updated 20. March 2018 - 8:45

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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