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Incentives in Religious Performance: a Stochastic Dominance Approach

Teresa M. García-Muñoz ()

No 09/10, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

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)
Pages: 11 pages
Date: 2009-11-27
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