Does Religiosity Affect Support for Political Compromise?

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Danny Cohen-Zada

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics

Yotam Margalit

Tel Aviv University - Department of Political Science

Oren Rigbi

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Date Written: August 2016

Abstract

Does religiosity affect adherents' attitude toward political compromise? To address this question and overcome the potential simultaneity of religious activity and political attitudes, we exploit exogenous variation in the start date of the Selichot (“Forgiveness”), a period in which many Jews, including nonadherents, take part in an intense prayer schedule. Using a two‐wave survey, we find that an increase in the salience of religiosity leads to the adoption of more hard‐line positions against a land‐for‐peace compromise. Examining several potential mechanisms for this attitudinal shift, our evidence points to the impact of the intensified prayer period on adherents' tolerance for risk.

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Zada, Danny and Margalit, Yotam and Rigbi, Oren, Does Religiosity Affect Support for Political Compromise? (August 2016). International Economic Review, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 1085-1106, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2820802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12186

Danny Cohen-Zada (Contact Author)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics ( email )

Beer-Sheva 84105
Israel

Yotam Margalit

Tel Aviv University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Tel Aviv
Israel

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Oren Rigbi

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( email )

1 Ben-Gurion Blvd
Beer-Sheba 84105, 84105
Israel

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