Muller, Nick and Gray, Jo Anna and Stone, Joe (2010): An Economist’s Guide to Heaven.
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This paper is the first to offer an economic model of God and humanity as optimizing agents in the context of concrete belief archetypes (religious ‘contracts’) in Judeo-Christian theology. Data support the model’s unique predictions, despite their otherwise counterintuitive, unlikely nature. For example, the model requires that in one belief archetype, ‘good works’ not increase with strength of faith, as one might otherwise expect, and that what appears may be God’s dominant contract precisely balances divine penalties for reneging on promises with incentives to seek divine ‘gifts’—an equivalence supported in the data.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||An Economist’s Guide to Heaven|
|Subjects:||A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics|
|Depositing User:||Joe/A. Stone|
|Date Deposited:||08. May 2010 06:42|
|Last Modified:||22. Feb 2013 06:52|
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