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Title:Understanding the Development of Fundamentalism PDF Logo
Authors:Gang, Ira N.
Epstein, Gil S.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1227
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.
Subjects:fundamentalism
rent-seeking
religion
JEL:D72
Z12
D74
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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