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The ultimate function of finance in general and of banks in particular is to contribute to society (Shiller 2012). However, concerns are raised in academia (Zingales 2015), politics (Lagarde 2014), and business (Salz 2013) about ethically problematic behavior in the sector. This might lead to the conclusion that its prevalent culture and resulting practices interfere with the function named above, promoting selfishness rather than trustworthiness. This thesis explores trustworthiness among banking professionals with a focus on the German banking industry.
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