The big carrot: high-stakes incentives revisited

Branas-Garza, Pablo, García-Muñoz, Teresa and Neuman, Shoshana (2010) The big carrot: high-stakes incentives revisited. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 23 (3) . pp. 288-313. ISSN 0894-3257 [Article] (doi:10.1002/bdm.657)


Using an international dataset of about 35 000 subjects, this paper provides an empirical example of high-stakes incentives in relation to religious practice. First, we show that incentives (based on absolute belief) play a salient role in religious performance. Second, we find that when both positive (heaven) and negative (hell) 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).

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): carrot/stick; high-stakes incentives; rewards; punishment; economics of religion
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 10232
Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 08:22
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2022 10:01

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