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Title:The big carrot: high stake incentives revisited PDF Logo
Authors:Brañas-Garza, Pablo
García-Muñoz, Teresa
Neuman, Shoshana
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3287
Abstract:This paper provides an empirical demonstration of high stakes incentives in relation to religious practice. It shows that, when both positive (carrot) and negative (stick) incentives are available, the former are more effective than the latter. Specifically, it is shown that beliefs in heaven are much more relevant than beliefs in hell when estimating the production of religious commodities (church-attendance and praying equations).
Subjects:Carrot/stick
high stakes
rewards
punishment
economics of religion
JEL:C91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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