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Does Where You Stand Depend on Where You Sit?: Tithing Donations and Self-Serving Beliefs


Gordon B. Dahl


UC San Diego - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Rochester - Department of Economics

Michael R. Ransom


Brigham Young University - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


American Economic Review, Vol. 89, No. 4, pp. 703-727, September 1999

Abstract:     
Economists and psychologists argue that individuals skew personal beliefs to accord with their own interests. To test for the presence of self-serving beliefs, we surveyed 1,200 members of the Mormon church about their practice of tithing. A tithe is a voluntary contribution equal to ten percent of income. Since respondents must decide privately what income items to tithe, we observe how the income definition depends on an individual's religious and financial incentives. We find surprisingly little evidence that an individual's financial situation influences beliefs about what counts as income for the tithe. However, ambiguity increases the role for self-serving biases.

Keywords: Self serving bias, tithing

JEL Classification: A12, D63

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Date posted: July 27, 2004  

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Dahl, Gordon B. and Ransom, Michael R., Does Where You Stand Depend on Where You Sit?: Tithing Donations and Self-Serving Beliefs. American Economic Review, Vol. 89, No. 4, pp. 703-727, September 1999. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=569741

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Gordon B. Dahl (Contact Author)
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Michael R. Ransom
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