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Record number 538841
Title Leader and villager behavior: Experimental evidence from Cameroon
Author(s) Meriggi, Niccoló F.; Bulte, Erwin
Source World Development 110 (2018). - ISSN 0305-750X - p. 324 - 332.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.06.004
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Altruism - Community driven development - Lab-in-field experiments - Leadership - Trust
Abstract We use an inter-village study in rural Cameroon to explore how behavior of local chiefs is associated with specific behavior of common villagers. Our key variables are based on the behavior of the chief and villagers in lab-in-the-field experiments. As measures of leadership quality we use trustworthiness of the chief as measured in a trust game. As measures of norms of civil conduct we use within-village altruism, trust and trustworthiness as measured in dictator and trust games. We mainly document negative associations between leader and villager behavior, which is consistent with the view that good leadership crowds out good behavior by villagers.
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