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Did the Devil Make Them Do it? The Effects of Religion in Public Goods and Trust Games


Lisa R. Anderson


College of William and Mary - Department of Economics

Jennifer Mellor


College of William and Mary - Department of Economics

Jeff Milyo


University of Missouri - Economics; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics


Kyklos, Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 163-175, May 2010

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We examine the extent to which religious affiliation and participation are associated with other-regarding behavior in canonical public goods and bi-lateral trust games. In general, religious affiliation is unrelated to behavior in these experiments; further, there is only weak evidence that attendance at religious services is correlated with behavior in these games. Contrary to popular wisdom and several recent observational studies, religion is not strongly associated with increased cooperation and trust in our controlled experiments.

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Date posted: April 12, 2010  

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Anderson, Lisa R. and Mellor, Jennifer and Milyo, Jeff, Did the Devil Make Them Do it? The Effects of Religion in Public Goods and Trust Games. Kyklos, Vol. 63, Issue 2, pp. 163-175, May 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1587123 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6435.2010.00456.x

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Lisa R. Anderson
College of William and Mary - Department of Economics ( email )
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States
Jennifer Mellor
College of William and Mary - Department of Economics ( email )
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States
Jeffrey Milyo
University of Missouri - Economics ( email )
118 Professional Building
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-882-3459 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://economics.missouri.edu/people/milyo.shtml
Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )
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Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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