Participant at Nordic Conference on Development Economics 2018

Stein T. Holden will present paper with the title "Gender Differences in Risk Tolerance, Trust and Trustworthiness: Are They Related?" written together with Mesfin Tilahun at the Nordic Conference on Development Economics 2018 at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland, 11.-12. June.

Participant at Nordic Conference on Development Economics 2018

The paper is published as a School of Economics and Business 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 while this correlation is much weaker for female members. Individual risk tolerance is positively correlated with trustworthiness for males but not for females. Females are more trusting and 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.

Detailed program for the Nordic Conference on Development Economics 2018 can be obtained here.

Published 1. June 2018 - 11:22 - Updated 1. June 2018 - 11:22

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