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Religion, economic attitudes, and household finance

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  • Christophe Spaenjers

    (GREGH - Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes en Gestion à HEC - HEC Paris - Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Luc Renneboog

    (Department of Economics - Tilburg University [Netherlands])

Abstract

We investigate the differences in economic attitudes and financial decisions between religious and non-religious households. Using Dutch survey data, we find that religious households consider themselves more trusting, and have a stronger bequest motive and a longer planning horizon. Furthermore, Catholics attach more importance to thrift and are more risk averse, while Protestants combine a more external locus of control with a greater sense of financial responsibility. Religious households are more likely to save. Catholic households invest less frequently in the stock market. Economic attitudes are particularly helpful in explaining the financial decisions of Catholic households.

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  • Christophe Spaenjers & Luc Renneboog, 2012. "Religion, economic attitudes, and household finance," Post-Print hal-00715602, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00715602
    DOI: 10.1093/oep/gpr025
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal-hec.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00715602
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