Emergent Extremism in a Multi‐Agent Model of Religious Clubs

21 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2012

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Michael D. Makowsky

Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

This paper extends the club model of religion to better account for observed patterns of extremism. We adapt existing models to a multi‐agent framework and analyze the distribution of agents and clubs. We find that extremism is more successful when religious groups are able to produce close substitutes for standard goods and that increased access to publicly provided goods can reduce the extremist population share. Quantile regression modeling of data from a multi‐nation survey and institutional indices corresponds to the model's key results. Our findings offer a potential theoretical mechanism behind research linking terrorist origination to civil liberties.

JEL Classification: C63, Z12, H56, D71

Suggested Citation

Makowsky, Michael D., Emergent Extremism in a Multi‐Agent Model of Religious Clubs (April 2012). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 327-347, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2009.00262.x

Michael D. Makowsky (Contact Author)

Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics ( email )

Clemson, SC 29634
United States

HOME PAGE: http://michaelmakowsky.com

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