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The value of thoughts and prayers

Version
2
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Thunstrom, Linda (University of Wyoming)
  • Noy, Shiri (Denison University)
Publication Date
2019-01-04
Description
  • Abstract

    A standard response of both policy-makers and private citizens to hardships—from natural disasters to mass shootings—is to offer “thoughts and prayers.” Critics argue that such gestures are meaningless and may obstruct structural reforms intended to mitigate catastrophes. In this study, we elicit the value of receiving thoughts and prayers from strangers following adversity. We find that Christians value thoughts and prayers from religious strangers and priests, while atheists and agnostics are “prayer averse”—willing to pay to avoid receiving prayers. Further, while indifferent to receiving thoughts from other secular people, they negatively value thoughts from Christians.




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Update Metadata: 2019-09-06 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-09-06

Thunstrom, Linda; Noy, Shiri (2019): The value of thoughts and prayers. Version: 2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E111710V2-13331