June 11, 2006
Economics of Religion
There has not been that much systematic study about the economics of religion. But there has been some. Here are the working papers from a couple researchers whose work I found interesting:
Robert Barro (Harvard) is pursuing a number of avenues of research on economics and religion and is coauthor of "Religion and Economic Growth," a paper which notes that economic growth is positively correlated with belief in Heaven and Hell (Hell more strongly) and negatively correlated with religious observance (going to church regularly).
Larry Iannaccone (George Mason) runs the Center for Economic Study of Religion, and is a strong advocate of more aggressively mining existing data for information about the economic impact and behavior of religion. By asking people of various ages about church-going habits from their childhood, he has built very interesting time-series data on historical religious observance in dozens of countries around the world.Posted by David at June 11, 2006 12:28 PM
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