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Economics and Religion

Carmel U. Chiswick

George Washington University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Illinois at Chicago

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4868

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メ 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: economics, religion, human capital

JEL Classification: Z12

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Date posted: April 12, 2010  

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Chiswick, Carmel U., Economics and Religion. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4868. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1587561

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