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Religion and cooperation in a public goods experiment

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  • Anderson, Lisa R.
  • Mellor, Jennifer M.

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We test whether religion affects adult subjects' decisions in a repeated public goods experiment. Contribution levels are not influenced by religious affiliation or participation. However, the decline with repetition is smaller among religious subjects, suggesting that religion may sustain cooperation.

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  • Anderson, Lisa R. & Mellor, Jennifer M., 2009. "Religion and cooperation in a public goods experiment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 105(1), pages 58-60, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:1:p:58-60
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