Witchcraft beliefs and the erosion of social capital: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond

Journal of Development Economics Vol/Iss. 120 Elsevier Amsterdam Published In Pages: 182-208
By Gershman, Boris


Personal witchcraft beliefs will be negatively associated with trust for people of other religions


This paper tests this hypothesis through multiple models that include different geographic, regional, and ethnic level controls


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Maximum likelihood (ML)Supportedp<0.05Multiple r valuesUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
TrustDependent variableDrives And Emotions
Witchcraft BeliefIndependent variableSorcery