Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/197763
Authors: 
Friedman, Daniel
Fan, Jijian
Gair, Jonathan
Iyer, Sriya
Redlicki, Bartosz
Velu, Chander
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 737
Abstract: 
We report agent-based simulations of religiosity dynamics in a spatially dispersed population. Agents' religiosity responds to neighbors via pairwise interactions as well as via club goods effects. A simulation run is deemed fundamentalist if the final distribution contains a sizable minority of very high religiosity together with a majority of lesser religiosity. Such simulations are more prevalent when parameter values shift from values reflecting traditional societies towards values reflecting the modern world. The simulations suggest that the rise of fundamentalism in the modern world is boosted by greater real income, lower relative prices for secular goods, less substitutability between religious and secular goods, and less time spent with neighbors. Surprisingly, the simulations suggest little role for the rise of long distance communication and transportation.
Subjects: 
fundamentalism
club goods
agent-based models
JEL: 
Z12
D79
D85
H49
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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