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The Church, Kinship Intensity and Global Psychological Variation

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Jonathan Schulz (George Mason University, United States)
  • Field
    Behavioral Economics
  • Location
    University of Amsterdam, Room E0.03 / Hybrid Event
  • Date and time

    March 30, 2022
    16:00 - 17:15

Recent research not only confirms the existence of substantial psychological variation around the globe but also highlights the peculiarity of many Western populations. We propose that part of this variation can be traced back to the action and diffusion of the Western Church, the branch of Christianity that evolved into the Roman Catholic Church. Specifically, we propose that the Western Church’s transformation of European kinship, by promoting small, nuclear households, weak family ties, and residential mobility, fostered greater individualism, less conformity, and more impersonal prosociality. By combining data on 24 psychological outcomes with historical measures of both Church exposure and kinship, we find support for these ideas in a comprehensive array of analyses across countries, among European regions, and among individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

This is a hybrid event, if you would like to join online please send an email to seminar@tinbergen.nl in due time of the seminar.