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Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach

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  • Teresa García-Muñoz

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    (Departamento de Métodos Cuantitativos para la Economía y la Empresa - Universidad de Granada)

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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.

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Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series Papers on Economics of Religion with number 10/02.

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Length: 6 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:gra:paoner:10/02

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Keywords: incentives; rewards; punishment; economics of religion.;

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