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dc.contributor.authorPoutvaara, Panuen_US
dc.contributor.authorWagener, Andreasen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T15:53:31Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T15:53:31Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/18877-
dc.description.abstractReligious participation is much more widespread in the United States than in Europe, while Europeans tend to view sects more suspiciously than Americans. We propose an explanation for these patterns without assuming differences in preferences or market fundamentals. Religious markets may have multiple equilibria, suggesting that observed differences in religious structures may merely be eventualities. Further, equilibria with more sects result in higher welfare and lower membership costs, as secular societies tend to host on average more demanding sects. Our main methodological contribution to the theory of religious markets is endogenizing simultaneously supply and demand of spiritual services.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working papers 1238en_US
dc.subject.jelD71en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.jelL89en_US
dc.subject.jelZ12en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordsectsen_US
dc.subject.keywordreligionen_US
dc.subject.keywordtithesen_US
dc.subject.keywordreligious marketsen_US
dc.subject.stwReligionsgemeinschaften_US
dc.subject.stwReligionen_US
dc.subject.stwMarktmechanismusen_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.titleThe invisible hand plays dice : eventualities in religious marketsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn393376001en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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