Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach
AbstractUsing 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.
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Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
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- Teresa García-Muñoz, 2010. "Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach," Papers on Economics of Religion, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. 10/02, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
- Tere M. García-Muñoz, 2009. "Incentives in Religious Performance: a Stochastic Dominance Approach," ThE Papers, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. 09/10, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
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