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


Witchcraft beliefs will be significantly associated with the inculcation of other traits (obedience, self-restraint, and industry) among children


Significant positive relationships were found for all three traits


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
OLSSupported - see note for directionsp<0.1Multiple r valuesUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Witchcraft BeliefIndependent variableSorcery
Inculcation of IndustryDependent variableChildhood Activities
Inculcation of ObedienceDependent variableSocialization
Inculcation of Self-RelianceDependent variableIndependence Training