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Individual s religiosity enhances trust: Latin American evidence for the puzzle

Pablo Brañas-Garza (), Maximo Rossi () and Dyane Zaclicever
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Dyane Zaclicever: Universidad de la Rep blica, Uruguay

No 06/05, Papers on Economics of Religion from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: This paper explores the effect of religious observance and affiliation to the dominant religion (Catholicism) on trust in institutions, towards others and market attitudes. The analysis is performed using a Latin American database of twenty thousand respondents from 2004 by means of ordered probit models. The most interesting results are: i) Trust toward others is positively correlated with religious observance and with Catholic affiliation. ii) There is a positive correlation between trust in the government, in the police, in the armed forces, in the judiciary and in the banking system and religious practice in general. Identical positive results are obtained for Catholic affiliation. iii) Correlations with attitudes toward the market, in general, are heterogeneous but never negative. In sum, individual s level of religiosity crucially affects trust in institutions and toward peers. We also found that Catholicism encourages both trust in institutions and towards others. Thus, we found a positive effect of religiosity on social capital. In fact, we never found any negative (and significant) effect on the variables considered.

Keywords: trust in institutions; economic behavior; religious practise; Catholics. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z12 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-dcm, nep-lam and nep-soc
Date: 2006-05-05
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