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Is the Hand of God Involved in Human Cooperation? An Experimental Examination of the Supernatural Punishment Theory

  • Ahmed, Ali

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    (Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO))

  • Salas, Osvaldo

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    (Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO))

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    This paper examines the supernatural punishment theory. The theory postulates that religion increases cooperation because religious people fear the retributions that may follow if they do not follow the rules and norms provided by the religion. We report results for a public goods experiment conducted in India, Mexico, and Sweden. By asking participants whether they are religious or not, we study whether religiosity has an effect on voluntary cooperation in the public goods game. We found no significant behavioral differences between religious and nonreligious participants in the experiment.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University in its series CAFO Working Papers with number 2009:1.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: 10 Mar 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:vxcafo:2009_001
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