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Accidental Atheists? Agent-Based Explanations for the Persistence of Religious Regionalism


Laurence R. Iannaccone


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Michael D. Makowsky


Johns Hopkins University - Department of Emergency Medicine, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences; Hopkins Population Center


Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Forthcoming

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This paper outlines a new approach to the study of religious commitment. Starting with a variant on Schelling's classic model of mobility and segregation, we develop a multi-agent religion simulation (MARS) that incorporates insights from theories of religious choice, social influence, and preference formation. Compared to standard statistical methods, MARS does a better job linking individual choices and collective outcomes. In particular, it demonstrates that stable regional patterns require a balanced combination of attachment to personal identity and adaptation to the social environment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: religious regionalism, micro-macro, rational choice, emergent phenomena, social simulation, multi-agent models, agent-based models, NetLogo

JEL Classification: Z12, C6

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Date posted: February 21, 2007  

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Iannaccone, Laurence R. and Makowsky, Michael D., Accidental Atheists? Agent-Based Explanations for the Persistence of Religious Regionalism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=964369

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Laurence R. Iannaccone (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Michael D. Makowsky
Johns Hopkins University - Department of Emergency Medicine, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences ( email )
Davis Building, Suite 3220
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
United States
Hopkins Population Center ( email )
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
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