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With God We Trust: Religion, Trust and Cooperation in Large-Scale Societies

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  • Julien Gagnon
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    The first aim of this paper is to revisit the puzzle of cooperation in large-scale societies.It proposes a game theoretic model showing how endogenous emotion-based punishment can sustain ull cooperation when interactions are not repeated, provided that players' endogenous trust is high enough. The model the signalling theory of religion. Finally, the model enables clear and tractable predictions about the levels of religious affiliation and participation within a society. Evidence of the model's implications is discussed.

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    Paper provided by Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge in its series Cambridge Working Papers in Economics with number 1406.

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    Date of creation: 29 Apr 2014
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    Handle: RePEc:cam:camdae:1406

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    Keywords: Cooperation; Emotions; Psychological Game Theory; Punishment; Religion; Trust.;

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