*Lisa Anderson, Professor; Department of Economics; College of William and Mary; P.O. Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795; Email: email@example.com. Jennifer Mellor, Associate Professor; Department of Economics; College of William and Mary; P.O. Box 8795; Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeffrey Milyo, Professor (corresponding author); Department of Economics; 118 Professional Building; University of Missouri; Columbia, MO 65211; email@example.com.
Did the Devil Make Them Do It? The Effects of Religion in Public Goods and Trust Games*
Version of Record online: 9 APR 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 63, Issue 2, pages 163–175, May 2010
How to Cite
Anderson, L., Mellor, J. and Milyo, J. (2010), Did the Devil Make Them Do It? The Effects of Religion in Public Goods and Trust Games. Kyklos, 63: 163–175. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6435.2010.00456.x
- Issue online: 9 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 9 APR 2010
We examine the extent to which religious affiliation and participation are associated with other-regarding behavior in canonical public goods and bi-lateral trust games. In general, religious affiliation is unrelated to behavior in these experiments; further, there is only weak evidence that attendance at religious services is correlated with behavior in these games. Contrary to popular wisdom and several recent observational studies, religion is not strongly associated with increased cooperation and trust in our controlled experiments.