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Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach

Teresa M. García-Muñoz ()

Judgment and Decision Making, 2010, vol. 5, issue 3, 176-181

Abstract: Using a stochastic dominance approach in an international dataset of about 10,000 Catholic subjects, we show that incentives (based on absolute belief) play a crucial role in religious practice (church attendance and prayer). Furthermore, we find that when both positive (heaven) and negative (hell) incentives are available, the former have a much stronger effect than the latter. The results are confirmed using Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests.

Keywords: incentives; rewards; punishment; economics of religion. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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