Engineering Trust: Reciprocity in the Production of Reputation Information

Gary Bolton, Ben Greiner, Axel Ockenfels

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Reciprocity in feedback giving distorts the production and content of reputation information in a market, hampering trust and trade efficiency. Guided by feedback patterns observed on eBay and other platforms, we run laboratory experiments to investigate how reciprocity can be managed by changes in the way feedback information flows through the system, leading to more accurate reputation information, more trust, and more efficient trade. We discuss the implications for theory building and for managing the redesign of market trust systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265 - 285
JournalManagement Science (MS)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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