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Religion and trust: An experimental study

  • Tan, Jonathan H.W.
  • Vogel, Claudia

What is the relationship between religion and trust? Using a questionnaire, we elicit data on individual religiosity. Measures of individual religiosity are then analyzed alongside behavior in an experimental trust game. Here, trusters are - at times - informed of their potential trustee's religiosity. We find that more religious trustees are trusted more, and such behavior is more pronounced in more religious trusters. More religious trustees are found to be trustworthier.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 832-848

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Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:29:y:2008:i:6:p:832-848
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