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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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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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||trust, religion, status, in-group and out-group, field experiment, south Asia|
|Research Group:||Applied economics|
|Research Field:||Behavioural economics|
|Objective Division:||Economic Framework|
|Objective Field:||Preference, behaviour and welfare|
|UTAS Author:||Neelim, A (Dr Ananta Neelim)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||18|
|Deposited By:||Economics and Finance|
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