Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81357
Authors: 
Berggren, Niclas
Bjørnskov, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 905
Abstract: 
Social and cultural determinants of economic institutions and outcomes have come to the forefront of economic research. We introduce religiosity, measured as the share for which religion is important in daily life, to explain institutional quality in the form of property rights and the rule of law. Previous studies have only measured the impact of membership shares of different religions, with mixed results. We find, in a cross-country regression analysis comprising up to 112 countries, that religiosity is negatively related to our institutional outcome variables. This only holds in democracies (not autocracies), which suggests that religiosity affects the way institutions work through the political process. Individual religions are not related to our measure of institutional quality.
Subjects: 
Religion
Religiosity
Rule of law
Property rights
Institutions
JEL: 
K11
K42
Z12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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