Cooperation and punishment: The effect of religiosity and religious festival

akay A., Karabulut G. , MARTİNSSON P.

ECONOMICS LETTERS, vol.130, pp.43-46, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 130
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.01.018
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-46
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This paper examines how a religious festival (Ramadan) and the degree of religiosity affect cooperation and costly punishment in a public goods experiment. We find significantly higher cooperation levels outside the festival among less religious people. This behavior is consistent with a substitution effect between religious and non-religious activities. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.