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Trust in Others: Does Religion Matter?

  • Joseph Daniels

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    (Center for Global and Economic Studies, Marquette University)

  • Marc von der Ruhr

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    (Department of Economics, Saint Norbert College)

Though the recent literature offers intuitively appealing bases for, and evidence of a linkage between religious beliefs, religious participation and economic outcomes, evidence on a relationship between religion and trust is mixed. By allowing for an attendance effect, disaggregating Protestant denominations, and using a more extensive data set, probit models of the General Social Survey (GSS), 1975 through 2000, show that Black Protestants, Pentecostals, fundamentalist Protestants, and Catholics, trust others less than individuals who do not claim a preference for a particular denomination. For conservation denominations the effect of religion is though affiliation not attendance. In contrast, liberal Protestants trust others more and this effect is reinforced by attendance. The impact of religion on moderate Protestants is only through attendance, as frequency of attendance increases trust of others while the denomination effect is insignificant.

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Paper provided by Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics in its series Working Papers and Research with number 0902.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2009
Publication status: Forthcoming in Review of Social Economics
Handle: RePEc:mrq:wpaper:0902
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