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Title: Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach
Authors: García-Muñoz, Teresa
Issue Date: 2009
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.
Sponsorship: Financial support from the MCI (SEJ2007-62081/ECON), Junta de Andalucía-Excelencia (P07.SEJ.02547) and Instituto de la Mujer (2007 I+D+I/031).
Publisher: Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica
Series/Report no.: The Papers;09/10
Keywords: Incentives
Rewards
Punishment
Economics of religion
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31553
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: García-Muñoz, T. Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach. Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica (2009). (The Papers; 09/10). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31553]
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