Religious Identity and Economic Behavior [report]

Daniel Benjamin, James Choi, Geoffrey Fisher
2010 unpublished
We randomly vary religious identity salience in laboratory subjects to test how identity effects contribute to the impact of religion on economic behavior. We find that religious identity salience causes Protestants to increase contributions to public goods. Catholics decrease contributions to public goods, expect others to contribute less to public goods, and become less risk averse. Jews more strongly reciprocate as an employee in a bilateral labor market giftexchange game. Atheists and
more » ... ics become less risk averse. We find no evidence of religious identity-salience effects on disutility of work effort, discount rates, or generosity in a dictator game. JEL Classification: C91, C92, Z12
doi:10.3386/w15925 fatcat:zwxnocek7bhunmqrrqidh7q524