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Extremism and the Economics of Religion


Laurence R. Iannaccone


George Mason University - Department of Economics

June 2012

Economic Record, Vol. 88, pp. 110-115, 2012

Abstract:     
By modeling religious activity as a product of rational choice and market forces, the economics of religion offers new insights concerning religious trends, the consequences of religious freedom, doctrinal innovation, and the enduring appeal of extremism. The work both complements and challenges that of sociologists, historians, and other religious scholars. Club‐theoretic models of sectarianism highlight the potential benefits of strictness and sacrifice, not only in religions, but also in communes, gangs, military units, social movements, political organizations, and even academic subfields.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

JEL Classification: Z12, D71, D74

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Date posted: June 28, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Iannaccone, Laurence R., Extremism and the Economics of Religion (June 2012). Economic Record, Vol. 88, pp. 110-115, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2094792 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2012.00803.x

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Laurence R. Iannaccone (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
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