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Are religious people more prosocial? A quasi-experimental study with madrasah pupils in a rural community in India
School of Management and Economics Växjö University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1798-8284
2009 (English)In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, ISSN 0021-8294, E-ISSN 1468-5906, Vol. 48, no 2, 368-374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using quasi-experimental data, this paper examines the relationship between religiosity and prosocial behavior. In contrast to previous studies which identify religious people by how often they attend religious services or by their self-reported religiosity, this study compares the behavior of highly devout students who are preparing to enter the clergy, to the behavior of other students in a public-goods game and in the dictator game. The results show that religious students were significantly more cooperative in the public-goods game and significantly more generous in the dictator game than other students.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Vol. 48, no 2, 368-374 p.
Keyword [en]
generosity; trust; cooperation; religion; experiment;
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88030DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2009.01452.xOAI: diva2:601380
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-29 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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