Subject ▸ Age Difference

Intergenerational Cooperation: an Experimental Study of Ageism in Trust and Exploitation

Abstract Financial exploitation of trusting older adults by younger adults is the most prevalent and frequent form of elder abuse and a source of mounting concern given the increasing demands for intergenerational cooperation across greying societies. We conducted an experiment with older (>55 years old) and younger (<26 years old) adults who repeat- edly played 4 versions of a centipede game (CG) within and between age-groups. By altering payouts across 4 version of the CG we can dis- tinguish “cooperative” behavior motivated by equal payoffs from instru- mentally “cooperative” behavior motivated by varying levels of incen- tives made available for exploitation through trust-based turn taking.

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