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Deus Economicus

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In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in religion among economists, but the content of religion has so far been neglected . This paper builds a rational choice model of divine action, in particular of the structure of the divine offer of salvation and rational human response. It considers why God might not save everyone, the pattern of salvation across individuals with different preferences and endowments, and the way religious conversion and revivals are often large and sudden changes. Rational choice analysis to divine human interactions is a contribution to the renewal interdisciplinary conversation between economists and religion scholars.

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  • Oslington, Paul, 2005. "Deus Economicus," MPRA Paper 962, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:962
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    Keywords

    Rational Choice; Economics of Religion; Divine Action;

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

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