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Faithonomics

Religion and the Free Market
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ISBN-13:
9780190694753
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
0
Autor:
Torkel Brekke
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
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CONTENTS


Acknowledgements

Introduction: The economic look at religion

PART ONE
THE MARKET FOR RELIGION

1. Should priests be bribed into laziness?
2. What is the difference between going to church and getting a haircut?
3. What is the difference between a priest and a fighter pilot?
4. American self-deceptions and French delusions


PART TWO
HISTORY - RELIGIOUS MARKETS IN OTHER TIMES AND PLACES

5. Religious markets in the world of Islam
6. Religious markets in the Hindu tradition
7. Religious markets in the world of Buddhism
8. Religious markets in the medieval Catholic world


PART THREE
THE PRESENT - SEVEN SINS OF GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

9. Crowding out
10. Rent-seeking
11. Monopoly
12. Discrimination
13. Persecution
14. Reification
15. Imitation

Conclusion
Faithonomics uses economic theory to provide a new and unorthodox view of religion in today's world. Drawing on state-of-the-art research and on case studies from around the globe, this book shows that religion should be analysed as a market similar to markets for other goods and services, like bottled water or haircuts.
Faithonomics is about today's religious markets, but in sweeping detours through the histories of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, Brekke shows us the religious markets of the past, although these were sometimes heavily regulated by states. He argues that government 'control' over religious markets is often the cause of unforeseen and negative consequences. Many of today's problems related to religion, like religious terrorism or rent-seeking by religious political parties, are easier to understand if we think like economists. Religious markets work best when they are relatively free. Religious organizations should be free to sell their products without unnecessary restrictions, but we have no good reason to grant them privileges in the form of subsidies or tax-breaks.

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