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Religiosity and Informal Economic Practices in Southeastern European Societies

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš, Ćirilia i Metodija 2, 18000 Niš, Serbia
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Religions 2018, 9(10), 295;
Received: 22 August 2018 / Revised: 13 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 29 September 2018
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The dominant religions in Southeastern European countries (Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania), Orthodoxy, Islam, and Catholicism, contain social teachings, which include several norms that deal with certain forms of economic practices. These post-socialist societies develop various forms of informal practices, some of which are contrary to elements of religious social teachings and religious ethics. In the process of the revitalization of religiosity after the fall of socialism in this region, the question can be posed as to whether the attitude towards informality and the application of certain informal economic practices, which range from the illegitimate to the illegal (getting things “done” through informal connections, tax evasion, corruption), correlates to some extent with the level of religiosity and the type of religion. The results of the research show that there is a connection between belonging to a certain confession or religion, self-declared religiosity and level of religiosity, and approving of informal practices and engaging in them. At the state level, a specific dynamic was developed even when it came to approving of and engaging in informal practices depending on whether the members of certain confessions were a minority or a majority at the level of the observed country. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; informal economic practices; Southeastern Europe religion; informal economic practices; Southeastern Europe

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Krstić, N.; Dinić, J.; Gavrilović, D. Religiosity and Informal Economic Practices in Southeastern European Societies. Religions 2018, 9, 295.

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