Religion and trust: an experimental study
Jonathan Tan () and
No 240, Discussion Papers from European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics
We investigate the relationship between religion and trust. Using a questionnaire, we measure: i) general religiosity, and; ii) the extent of religious beliefs, experience, and ritual. These are then analyzed with behaviour in a trust game (Berg et al., Games and Economic Behaviour, 1995), which we also extend by proving information of a potential trustee's religiosity in certain tasks. We find that trusting increases with the potential trustee's religiosity. The extent to which trusting increases with a trustee's religiosity, in turn, increases with a truster's religiosity. Trustworthiness also increases with religiosity, and at an increasing rate.
Keywords: Religiosity; Trust; Stereotype; Questionnaire; Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z12 C91 C72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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