Brañas-Garza, Pablo García-Muñoz, Teresa Neuman, Shoshana
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IZA Discussion Papers 3287
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).
Carrot/stick high stakes rewards punishment economics of religion