Economics and Religion

22 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2010  

Carmel U. Chiswick

George Washington University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Illinois at Chicago

Abstract

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 consumersï¾’ 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.

Keywords: economics, religion, human capital

JEL Classification: Z12

Suggested Citation

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

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