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dc.contributor.authorFrijters, Paulen_US
dc.contributor.authorBarón, Juan D.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-04en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-23T09:35:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-23T09:35:01Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/36901-
dc.description.abstractSacrifices to deities occur in nearly all known religions. In this paper, we report on our attempts to elicit this type of religious behaviour towards Theoi in the laboratory. The theory we test is that, when faced with uncertainty, individuals attempt to engage in a reciprocal contract with the source of uncertainty by sacrificing towards it. In our experiments, we create the situation whereby individuals face an uncertain economic payback due to Theoi and we allow participants to sacrifice towards this entity. Aggregate sacrifices amongst participants are over 30% of all takings, increase with the level of humanistic labelling of Theoi and decrease when participants share information or when the level of uncertainty is lower. The findings imply that under circumstances of high uncertainty people are willing to sacrifice large portions of their income even when this has no discernable effect on outcomes.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 4902en_US
dc.subject.jelD8en_US
dc.subject.jelZ12en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordUncertaintyen_US
dc.subject.keywordreligionen_US
dc.subject.keywordsacrificeen_US
dc.subject.keywordexperimenten_US
dc.subject.stwReligionen_US
dc.subject.stwSpendeen_US
dc.subject.stwRisikoen_US
dc.subject.stwVerhaltensökonomiken_US
dc.subject.stwTesten_US
dc.titleThe cult of Theoi: Economic uncertainty and religionen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn625195566en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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