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Economic Analysis and Organised Religion

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  • Schlicht, Ekkehart

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This chapter analyses some phenomena in organized religion from the point of view of economics. It is argued that religious activity derives from the individual's quest for sense and justification that molds institutional and other features of religious activity, as brought about by competitive forces. The underlying concern regards the interrelation of economic and cultural processes.

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  • Schlicht, Ekkehart, . "Economic Analysis and Organised Religion," Chapters in Economics, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muench:929
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    Cited by:

    1. Pfeuffer, Wolfgang, 2006. "Religion as a Seed Crystal for Altruistic Cooperation," Munich Dissertations in Economics 5788, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
    2. Giuseppina Autiero & Concetto Paolo Vinci, 2010. "Government regulation of religion and investments in human and physical capital: Religion versus secularism," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(2), pages 119-135, January.

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    Keywords

    economics of religion; division of labor; institutional economics; culture and economics;

    JEL classification:

    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
    • L30 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - General
    • L89 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Other
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact

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