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Religion, minority status, and trust: Evidence from a field experiment


Gupta, G and Mahmud, M and Maitra, P and Mitra, S and Neelim, A, Religion, minority status, and trust: Evidence from a field experiment, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 146 pp. 180-205. ISSN 0167-2681 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2017.11.028


This paper reports the results from a lab-in-the-field experiment conducted in Bangladesh and India that examines the influence of religion and relative status on trust and trustworthiness. We find that in both locations individuals with minority status, irrespective of their religion, exhibit positive in-group bias in trust, while individuals with majority status show positive out-group bias in trustworthiness. This suggests that behavior is not driven by religious identity per se but is highly influenced by the relative status it generates within the population. Within both groups, heterogeneity with respect to how strongly individuals associate with the group identity affects behavior.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:trust, religion, status, in-group and out-group, field experiment, south Asia
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Behavioural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Neelim, A (Dr Ananta Neelim)
ID Code:146588
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2021-09-14
Last Modified:2022-01-17

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