Incentives in Judeo-Christian beliefs: an economist's guide to heaven
AbstractThis paper links incentives posed by Judeo-Christian beliefs to economic behavior. Tests support strength for the links even when likely bias favors the alternative one would otherwise expect. Model results explain why strength of faith is irrelevant to behavior in some belief archetypes but important in others. and offer insight into evidence commonly found elsewhere that believers report greater happiness than non believers.
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Volume (Year): 33 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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faith; religion; God; donations; charity;
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