Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/69482
Authors: 
Chiswick, Carmel Ullman
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7188
Abstract: 
Economic analysis is used to compare different paradigms for understanding the marketplace for religions and religious ideas. The Sacred Canopy paradigm views it necessary for social stability to grant monopoly power to an official state religion. The New Paradigm views separation of Church and State, leading to competition in the religious marketplace, as guarantor of freedom of conscience. Judaism in the United States illustrates the outcome in a competitive religious environment. Judaism in Israel illustrates the outcome in a monopoly experiencing potential competition, possibly leading to an oligopoly structure.
Subjects: 
religion
religious marketplace
new paradigm
monopoly
competition
Judaism
JEL: 
Z12
Y80
L00
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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