An Afterlife Capital Model of Religious Choice

35 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2014 Last revised: 3 Nov 2016

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Derek Pyne

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: June 26, 2014

Abstract

This paper uses a modified version of the afterlife capital model to study religious choice. It compares a religious monopoly with various duopolies. The duopolies involve both exclusivist and nonexclusivist religions. Contrary to the supply side literature, it finds that religious choice does not necessarily increase religiosity and in some cases decreases it. It also finds that adopting exclusivist doctrines is a dominant strategy for a religion. Possible extensions of the framework to other issues in the economics of religion are also discussed.

Keywords: Religion, Exclusivist, Pluralist, Afterlife capital

JEL Classification: Z12

Suggested Citation

Pyne, Derek, An Afterlife Capital Model of Religious Choice (June 26, 2014). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 92, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2459720

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