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The experimental economics of religion


Hoffmann, R, The experimental economics of religion, Journal of Economic Surveys, 27, (5) pp. 813-845. ISSN 0950-0804 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-6419.2011.00716.x


This paper 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, that is, as a social group identifier and as a set of values.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:experiments, religion, religiosity
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Behavioural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Hoffmann, R (Professor Robert Hoffmann)
ID Code:154753
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:Economics
Deposited On:2023-01-04
Last Modified:2023-01-04

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