Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/159650
Authors: 
Leroch, Martin
Reggiani, Carlo
Rossini, Gianpaolo
Zucchelli, Eugenio
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 811
Abstract: 
This paper examines the relationship between religion and home bias. We propose a simple theoretical framework that suggests that countries interacting via their representative individuals might show a certain degree of religion-driven international altruism that in turn affects trade. We test these predictions exploiting data from a survey on religious attitudes and individuals' preferences over consumption of home-produced versus foreign goods that we designed and carried out in 15 different countries. We find evidence that religious openness and home bias are negatively correlated. This appears to provide some support to the hypothesis that religious openness, through trust and altruism, may have a pro-trade effect.
JEL: 
Z10
Z12
F15
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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