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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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  • Julien Gagnon, 2014. "With God We Trust: Religion, Trust and Cooperation in Large-Scale Societies," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1406, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cam:camdae:1406
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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