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Economics and Religion

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  • Chiswick, Carmel U.

    () (George Washington University)

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This paper provides an overview of the relationship between economics and religion. It first considers the effects of economic incentives in the religious marketplace on consumers’ demand for "religion." It then shows how this demand affects religious institutions and generates a supply of religious goods and services. Other topics include the structure of this religious marketplace and the related "marketplace for ideas" in a religiously pluralistic society. Empirical evidence is summarized for the effects on selected economic behaviors of religious affiliation and intensity of belief or practice.

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  • Chiswick, Carmel U., 2010. "Economics and Religion," IZA Discussion Papers 4868, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4868
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    1. Anzelika Zaiceva & Klaus Zimmermann, 2014. "Children, Kitchen, Church: does ethnicity matter?," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 83-103, March.
    2. Chiswick, Carmel U., 2014. "Immigrants and Religion," IZA Discussion Papers 8092, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    3. Alexander S. Skorobogatov, 2014. "A Provocative Event, Media, And Religious Choice: The Pussy Riot Case As A Natural Experiment," HSE Working papers WP BRP 59/EC/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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    human capital; religion; economics;

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    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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