The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion by Rachel M. McClearyThe Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion by Rachel M. McCleary

The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion

EditorRachel M. McCleary

Hardcover | January 27, 2011

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This is a one-of-kind volume bringing together leading scholars in the economics of religion for the first time. The treatment of topics is interdisciplinary, comparative, as well as global in nature. Scholars apply the economics of religion approach to contemporary issues such as immigrantsin the United States and ask historical questions such as why did Judaism as a religion promote investment in education? The economics of religion applies economic concepts (for example, supply and demand) and models of the market to the study of religion. Advocates of the economics of religion approach look at ways in which the religion market influences individual choices as well as institutional development. Forexample, economists would argue that when a large denomination declines, the religion is not supplying the right kind of religious good that appeals to the faithful. Like firms, religions compete and supply goods. The economics of religion approach using rational choice theory, assumes that allhuman beings, regardless of their cultural context, their socio-economic situation, act rationally to further his/her ends. The wide-ranging topics show the depth and breadth of the approach to the study of religion.
Rachel M. McCleary is Senior Research Fellow, Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. McCleary's work is interdisciplinary with theoretical grounding in the fields of political ...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of ReligionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:January 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of ContributorsPart I: Introduction1. Rachel M. McCleary: The Economics of Religion as a Field of InquiryPart II: Religion and Human Capital2. Evelyn L. Lehrer: Religion, Human Capital Investments, and the Family in the United States3. Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein: Religious Norms, Human Capital, and Money Lending in Jewish European History4. Eric Chaney: Islam and Human Capital Formation: Evidence from Pre-Modern Science5. Sascha O. Becker and Ludger Woessman: The Effects of the Protestant Reformation on Human Capital6. Robert D. Woodberry: Religion and the Spread of Human Capital and Political Institutions: Christian Missions as a Quasi-Natural ExperimentPart III: The Nature of Religious Economies7. Dan Olson: Towards Better Measures of Supply and Demand for Testing Theories of Religious Participation8. Darren E. Sherkat: Immigrants, Migration, and Religious Economies9. Ran Abramitzky: On the (Lack of) Stability of Communes: An Economic Perspective10. Robert J. Barro, Rachel M. McCleary and Alexander McQuoid: The Economics of Sainthood (A Preliminary Investigation)11. Murat Iyigun: On the Socioeconomic Consequences of Religious Strife and CoexistencePart IV: Regulation of the Religion Market12. Steven Pfaff: Religion under Communism: State Regulation, Atheist Competition, and the Dynamics of Supply and Demand13. Daniel M. Hungerman: Rethinking the Study of Religious Markets14. Anthony Gill: Religion and Civil Liberties in the United States15. Steve Bruce: Secularization and Economic Models of Religious BehaviorPart V: Economic Aspects of Religion16. Robert B. Ekelund and Robert D. Tollison: The Political Economy of the Medieval Church17. Laurence R. Iannaccone and Feler Bose: Funding the Faiths: Toward a Theory of Religious FinancePart VI: Data Sets on Religion18. Roger Finke and Christopher D. Bader: Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion19. Todd M. Johnson and Brian Grim: International Religious Demography: An Overview of Sources and MethodologyIndex