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The Experimental Economics of Religion

International Centre for Behavioural Business Research Working Paper No. 2011-03

Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2011-02

40 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2011  

Robert Hoffmann

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

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Date Written: July 4, 2011

Abstract

This article surveys the experimental economics approach to the study of religion. The field has a place in the context of the scientific study of religion generally and the social psychology of religion in particular, but employs distinct economic methods which promise new and different insights. In particular, certain features of the experimental approach as used by economists such as incentive compatibility are particularly appropriate for studying the effect of religion on individual behaviour. The paper discusses results obtained so far in terms of two roles of religion in shaping individual behaviour, i.e. as a social group identifier and as a set of values.

Keywords: religion, religiosity, experiments

Suggested Citation

Hoffmann, Robert, The Experimental Economics of Religion (July 4, 2011). International Centre for Behavioural Business Research Working Paper No. 2011-03; Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2011-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1879266 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1879266

Robert Hoffmann (Contact Author)

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing ( email )

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Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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