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Religion, ethnicity and cooperation: An experimental study


Chuah, S-H and Hoffmann, R and Ramasamy, B and Tan, JHW, Religion, ethnicity and cooperation: An experimental study, The Journal of Economic Psychology, 45 pp. 33-43. ISSN 0167-4870 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.joep.2014.07.002


We investigate how cross-cutting ethnic and religious identities as well as the strength of individual religiosity and fundamentalism affect individual cooperation. In a repeated prisonerís dilemma experiment, information about subjectsí religious and ethnic identities was either revealed or concealed to examine the individual and joint effects of these influences on subject decisions. While subjectsí knowledge of othersí religious and ethnic difference has no net effect on their cooperativeness, the awareness of similarity increases it. Subject religiosity and fundamentalism have no independent effect on cooperation, but they enhance ethnic and religious intergroup effects.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:religion, intergroup effects, prisonerís dilemma, experiment
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Experimental economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Chuah, S-H (Professor Swee-Hoon Chuah)
ID Code:137137
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2020-02-03
Last Modified:2020-07-24

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