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The Economics of Religious Belief

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An economic theory of knowledge makes sense of much of the phenomenon of religious belief as merely a form of knowledge. Such a theory must, in general, address the incentives for and costs of coming to discover some bit of knowledge and with the happenstance availability of relevant knowledge in moments of decision. But it must also address the causing and maintaining of belief, especially the way incentives actually bring one to come to believe some range of knowledge, not merely the incentives for coming across the content of that knowledge.

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  • Russell Hardin, 1997. "The Economics of Religious Belief," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 153(1), pages 259-259, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(199703)153:1_259:teorb_2.0.tx_2-6
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    1. Strulik, Holger, 2016. "An economic theory of religious belief," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 128(C), pages 35-46.
    2. repec:spr:qualqt:v:52:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s11135-017-0471-1 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Torgler, Benno, 2006. "The importance of faith: Tax morale and religiosity," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 81-109, September.

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