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Church and State: An Economic Analysis


Keith N. Hylton


William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Boston University; Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

Yulia Rodionova


University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Fei Deng


National Economic Research Associates (NERA)

July 7, 2008

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 08-24

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What purpose is served by a government's protection of religious liberty? Many have been suggested, the most prominent of which center on the protection of freedom of belief and expression. However, since every regulation potentially interferes with religious freedom, it is useful to consider more concrete purposes that could suggest limits on the degree to which religious liberty should be protected. This paper focuses on the concrete economic consequences of state regulation of religion. We examine the effects of state regulation on corruption, economic growth, and inequality. The results suggest that laws and practices burdening religion enhance corruption. Laws burdening religion reduce economic growth and are positively associated with inequality.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: regulation of religion, economics of religion, corruption, inequality

JEL Classification: D3, D73, H41, K0, N4, Z12

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Date posted: July 7, 2008  

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Hylton, Keith N. and Rodionova, Yulia and Deng, Fei, Church and State: An Economic Analysis (July 7, 2008). Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 08-24. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1156433 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1156433

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University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies ( email )
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Fei Deng
National Economic Research Associates (NERA) ( email )
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San Francisco, CA 94111
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