Religious attitudes and home bias: theory and evidence from a pilot study

Leroch, Martin ; Reggiani, Carlo ; Rossini, Gianpaolo ; Zucchelli, Eugenio (2012) Religious attitudes and home bias: theory and evidence from a pilot study. Bologna: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche DSE, p. 32. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/4207. In: Quaderni - Working Paper DSE (811). ISSN 2282-6483.
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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.

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Leroch, Martin
Reggiani, Carlo
Rossini, Gianpaolo
Zucchelli, Eugenio
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religion, home bias, openness, pilot survey
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2282-6483
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