Examining the relationship between farmers' perceived trust and investment preferences

Omotuyole Ambali, T Begho*

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This paper investigates whether trust influences investment decisions. We analyse the 2015/2016 Nigeria General Household Survey data from 4582 households. We find that trust, risk and time preferences are important determinants of investment choice. A high trust decreases the chance of investing in low risk and low-profit businesses. That is, more trusting individuals prefer riskier high return investments. In contrast, impatience and risk avoidance increase the chances of investing in low-risk, low-return businesses. This paper will be useful in planning an investment instrument that is both suitable for specific individuals and aligns with the expectations of financial institutions and government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1303
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number8
Early online date30 Sept 2021
Publication statusPrint publication - Nov 2021


  • decision making
  • investment
  • loan
  • patience
  • risk avoidance
  • trust


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