Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers in Economics,
University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

No 167: Trust and Religion: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh

Olof Johansson-Stenman (), Minhaj Mahmud () and Peter Martinsson ()
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Olof Johansson-Stenman: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University, Postal: Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG
Minhaj Mahmud: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University, Postal: Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG
Peter Martinsson: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University, Postal: Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG

Abstract: Trust is measured using both survey questions and a standard trust experiment using a random sample of individuals in rural Bangladesh. We found no significant effect of the social distance between Hindus and Muslims in the trust experiment in terms of fractions sent or returned, but the responses to the survey questions indicate significant differences: Hindus, the minority, trust other people less in general, and Hindus trust Muslims more than the other way around.

Keywords: social capital; trust; social distance; religion; trust game; field experiment; Bangladesh

JEL-codes: C93; Z13

31 pages, March 31, 2005

Note: Published in Economica, 2009, Vol. 76, pp. 462-485.

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