DOES RELIGIOSITY AFFECT SUPPORT FOR POLITICAL COMPROMISE?

Danny Cohen-Zada, Yotam Margalit, Oren Rigbi

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Abstract

Does religiosity affect adherents' attitude toward political compromise? To address this question and overcome the potential simultaneity of religious activity and political attitudes, we exploit exogenous variation in the start date of the Selichot (“Forgiveness”), a period in which many Jews, including nonadherents, take part in an intense prayer schedule. Using a two-wave survey, we find that an increase in the salience of religiosity leads to the adoption of more hard-line positions against a land-for-peace compromise. Examining several potential mechanisms for this attitudinal shift, our evidence points to the impact of the intensified prayer period on adherents' tolerance for risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1106
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Economic Review
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016

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