L’Observatoire des religions

Why Hasn’t Economic Growth Killed Religion ?

jeudi 20 décembre 2007 par Michael McBride

Economic growth has not led to a decline in religion despite past predictions that it would. I use a formal model of religious competition to show how economic growth produces counteracting effects on religious participation in an open religious market, while economic growth will have little effect in a religious market that is already secularized due to religious regulations. Theories predicting the decline of religion due to rising opportunity costs of religious demand and supply ignore countervailing influences.
Paper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 050602.

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