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Is the importance of religion in daily life related to social trust? Cross-country and cross-state comparisons

Is the importance of religion in daily life related to social trust? Cross-country and cross-state comparisons 

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 1 June 2011
Niclas, Berggren , Christian, Bjørnskov
We look at the effect of importance of religion in daily lifeon social trust, defined as the share of a population that thinks that people in general can be trusted. We make use of new data from the Gallup World Poll for 109 countries and 43 U.S. states. Our empirical results indicate a robust, negative relationship betweenthis measure of religiosityand trust, both internationally and within the U.S. The size of this associationincreases with the degree of religious diversity.
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