Wealth-Based Trust and the Development of Collective Action.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eric C. Jones, Research Scientist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Interpersonal trust is one possible mechanism by which wealth inequality affects the success of efforts in cooperation. Specifically, the presence of perceived economic differences between members of small agricultural cooperatives in northwest Ecuador’s agricultural frontier encourages trust in the wealthy, thus facilitating co-op development during the initial stage of cooperative formation. But, such inequality and exclusive trust may later negatively affect co-op success. These generalizations are only possible through refinement of frameworks currently used in the study of heterogeneity and common pool resource management. This refinement is made possible by paying closer attention to the operationalization of variables and by synthesizing already existing hypotheses.

Additional Information

World Development 32(4):691-711
Language: English
Date: 2004
Common pool resources, Cooperatives, Heterogeneity, Nequality, South America, Ecuador

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