CAFO Working Papers, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University
Ali M. Ahmed
IS THE HAND OF GOD INVOLVED IN HUMAN COOPERATION?AN EXPERIMENTAL EXAMINATION OF THE SUPERNATURAL PUNISHMENT THEORY
() and Osvaldo Salas
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Games; punishment theory; experiments; behavioral economics; religion; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C71; C90; D01; (follow links to similar papers)
24 pages, February 1, 2008
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