Trust and Religion: Experimental Evidence from Rural Bangladesh

24 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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Olof Johansson-Stenman

Goeteborg University - School of Economics & Commercial Law

Minhaj Mahmud

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Peter Martinsson

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics

Abstract

Trust is measured using both survey questions and a trust experiment among a random sample of Muslim and Hindu household heads in rural Bangladesh. We found no significant effect of the social distance between Hindus and Muslims in the trust experiment in terms of the proportions sent or returned. However, the survey responses do indicate significant differences. Both Hindus and Muslims were found to trust others from their own religion more than they trust people from other religions. Moreover, Hindus, the minority, trust other people less in general, and Hindus trust Muslims more than Muslims trust Hindus.

Suggested Citation

Johansson-Stenman, Olof and Mahmud, Minhaj and Martinsson, Peter, Trust and Religion: Experimental Evidence from Rural Bangladesh. Economica, Vol. 76, No. 303, pp. 462-485, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1417648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2008.00689.x

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Minhaj Mahmud

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Peter Martinsson

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