Honesty Toward the Holy Day

16 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2017

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Ronen Bar-El

Open University of Israel

Yossef Tobol

The Jerusalem College of Technology; The Carmel Academic Center


We study the effect of religiosity, gender, and "day of the week", on the level of honesty by conducting under-the-cup experiment among religious and secular, female and male Jewish students. We show that the level of honesty among religious subject, males and females, increases as the day of the experiment is closer to the upcoming Saturday, the Jewish holy day. We also found that the "Saturday effect" does not exist among secular subjects. In addition, we found that the religious females show the highest level of honesty, especially on Thursday. Finally, we derive practical implication from our study.

Keywords: gender effect, holy day effect, honesty, religiosity

JEL Classification: C91, D63, Z12

Suggested Citation

Bar-El, Ronen and Tobol, Yossef, Honesty Toward the Holy Day. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10609, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940599 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2940599

Ronen Bar-El (Contact Author)

Open University of Israel ( email )

Yossef Tobol

The Jerusalem College of Technology ( email )


HOME PAGE: http://www.jct.ac.il/he/tobol

The Carmel Academic Center ( email )


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