Trust in Character, Capability and Institutions

Third party funded individual grant

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm

Project members:
Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm
Prof. Dr. Verena Utikal
Lorenzo Valmasoni

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Juniorprofessur für Verhaltensökonomie
Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Wirtschaftstheorie

Funding source: Industrie (GfK Verein)
Start date: 01/06/2012
End date: 31/05/2015

Abstract (technical / expert description):

In this project we conducted an experimental study among European citizens regarding cross-cultural perceptions related to trust in two dimensions: volunteerism and honesty. We used representative samples from five major economies of the Euro area: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. We find that European citizens rely on nationality to infer behavior. Assessments of behavior show a north/south pattern: participants from northern countries are perceived to be more honest and to provide more effort in a volunteering game than participants from southern countries. Actual behavior is, however, not always in line with these assessments. Assessments of honesty show strong evidence of social projection: Participants expect other European citizens to be less honest if they are culturally closer to themselves. Assessments of volunteerism instead show that both northern and southern Europeans expect higher performance in northern than in southern European countries.

External Partners

GfK SE Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung


Dieckmann, A., Grimm, V., Unfried, M., Utikal, V., & Valmasoni, L. (2016). On trust in honesty and volunteering among Europeans: Cross-country evidence on perceptions and behavior. European Economic Review.

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