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Religious Homophily in a Secular Country: Evidence from a Voting Game in France

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  • Claire L. Adida

    (Department of Political Science, University of California San Diego - University of San Diego)

  • David D. Laitin

    (Department of Political Science, Stanford University - Stanford University [Stanford])

  • Marie-Anne Valfort

    (PSE - Paris School of Economics, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Homophily—the tendency individuals have to associate with similar-others—is a powerful determinant of social networks. Yet research to date does not allow us to determine which dimension, e.g., ethnic, religious, gender, age, or class similarity, drives association. Tests demonstrating homophily are flawed by restricting the range of dimensions in the choice set. We introduce an experimental game in which we exogenously expose subjects to diverse partners to determine which dimension dominates. We find that in a socio-demographically diverse district of Paris, despite expectations of secularization, religious similarity significantly predicts homophily. Moreover, we provide tentative evidence that religious homophily is taste-based.

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Date of creation: Apr 2015
Publication status: Published in Economic Inquiry, Wiley, 2015, 53 (2), pp.1187-1206. 〈10.1111/ecin.12192〉
Handle: RePEc:hal:pseose:hal-01316758
DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12192
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