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 negatively associated with generalized trust among second-generation immigrants to Europe


This paper tests this hypothesis through multiple models that include variables for mother's and father's countries as well as a generalized parental variable. These models were also run with both baseline results and results with controls on the country of origin.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
OLSSupportedp<0.1Multiple r valuesUNKNOWN


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