Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/214286
Authors: 
Torgler, Benno
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
CREMA Working Paper No. 2003-10
Abstract: 
This paper has a novel framework analysing what shapes superstition in a multivariate analysis. The results indicate that socio-demographic and socio-economic variables matter. The results also indicate that there is a certain concurrence between churches and superstitious beliefs. In most of the cases we observe a negative correlation between superstition and attendance of church and other religious activities. Closeness to the churches goes in line with lower superstition. On the other hand, a generally higher perceived religiosity increases superstition. Furthermore, there is the tendency that people without a religious denomination have the lowest belief in superstition. Finally, the results indicate that there is a strong variety in superstition among countries. Especially people from formerly Communist countries have a higher degree of superstition than others.
Subjects: 
Superstition
Religiosity
Culture
JEL: 
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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