Honesty toward the holy day

Ronen Bar-El, Yossef Tobol

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We study the effect of religiosity, gender, and “day of the week”, on the level of honesty by conducting a die-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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

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  • Gender effect
  • Holy day effect
  • Honesty
  • Religiosity


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