Religion, moral attitudes and economic behavior

Kirchmaier, Isadora, Prüfer, Jens ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7203-9711 and Trautmann, Stefan T. (2018) Religion, moral attitudes and economic behavior. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 148. pp. 282-300. ISSN 0167-2681

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Abstract

Using data for a representative sample of the Dutch population with information about participants’ religious background, we study the association between religion and moral behavior and attitudes. We find that religious people are less accepting of unethical economic behavior (e.g., tax evasion, bribery) and report more volunteering. They are equally likely as non-religious people to betray trust in an experimental game, where social behavior is unobservable and not directed to a self-selected group of recipients. Religious people also report lower preference for redistribution. Considering differences between denominations, Catholics betray less than non-religious people, while Protestants betray more than Catholics and are indistinguishable from the non-religious. We also explore the intergenerational transmission and the potential causality of these associations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics,redistribution,religion,trust game,economics and econometrics,organizational behavior and human resource management ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 02:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/87949
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2018.02.022

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