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Fractionalization and trust in India: A field-experiment

Swee-Hoon Chuah (), Reema Fahoum and Robert Hoffmann ()

Economics Letters, 2013, vol. 119, issue 2, 191-194

Abstract: Is India’s high fractionalization associated with mistrust between its two main religious communities? An inter-ethnic trust game field experiment confirms intergroup bias in mutually lower offers between urban Muslims and Hindus in Mumbai. There are no differences in trustworthiness based on the religion of responders or of the co-players they respond to. Hindus generally have greater trust and expectations of others’ trust but also of ethnocentrism.

Keywords: Fractionalization; India; Trust; Field experiment; Discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C93 J15 O15 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.02.029

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