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Trust in Others: Does Religion Matter?
Review of Social Economy
  • Joseph P. Daniels, Marquette University
  • Marc von der Ruhr, St Norbert College
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Format of Original
24 p.
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Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group
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doi: 10.1080/00346760902968447
Though the recent literature offers intuitively appealing bases for, and evidence of, a linkage among religious beliefs, religious participation and economic outcomes, evidence on a relationship between religion and trust is mixed. By allowing for an attendance effect, disaggregating Protestant denominations, and using a more extensive data set, probit models of the General Social Survey (GSS), 1975 through 2000, show that black Protestants, Pentecostals, fundamentalist Protestants, and Catholics, trust others less than individuals who do not claim a preference for a particular denomination. For conservative denominations the effect of religion is through affiliation, not attendance. In contrast, liberal Protestants trust others more and this effect is reinforced by attendance. The impact of religion on moderate Protestants is only through attendance, as frequency of attendance increases trust of others while the denomination effect is insignificant.

Accepted version. Review of Social Economy, Vol. 68, No. 2 (June 2010): 163-186. DOI. © 2010 Taylor & Francis. Used with permission.

Citation Information
Joseph P. Daniels and Marc von der Ruhr. "Trust in Others: Does Religion Matter?" Review of Social Economy (2010) ISSN: 0034-6764
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