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Religious Identity and Economic Behavior


Daniel J. Benjamin


Cornell University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

James J. Choi


Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Geoffrey Fisher


California Institute of Technology

April 2010

NBER Working Paper No. w15925

Abstract:     
We randomly vary religious identity salience in laboratory subjects to test how identity salience contributes to six hypothesized links from prior literature between religious identity and economic behavior. We find that religious identity salience makes Protestants increase contributions to public goods. Catholics decrease contributions to public goods, expect others to contribute less to public goods, and become less risk averse. Jews more strongly reciprocate as an employee in a bilateral labor market gift-exchange game. We find no evidence of religious identity salience effects on disutility of work effort, discount rates, or generosity in a dictator game.

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Date posted: April 26, 2010  

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Benjamin, Daniel J. and Choi, James J. and Fisher, Geoffrey, Religious Identity and Economic Behavior (April 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15925. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1594559

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Daniel J. Benjamin (Contact Author)
Cornell University - Department of Economics ( email )
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James J. Choi
Yale School of Management ( email )
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Geoffrey Fisher
California Institute of Technology ( email )
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