Understanding the Development of Fundamentalism

28 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2004

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Ira N. Gang

Rutgers University - Economics Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Date Written: July 2004

Abstract

We use economic theory to examine the intensity of fundamentalist sects. Leaders work to enhance their followers' observance level. We model three stylized situations under which fundamentalist groups function, examining the intensity of observance in each. We find that, under reasonable conditions, rivalry among fundamentalists makes them more extreme.

Keywords: fundamentalism, rent-seeking, religion

JEL Classification: Z12, D72, D74

Suggested Citation

Gang, Ira N. and Epstein, Gil S., Understanding the Development of Fundamentalism (July 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1227. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=571722

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