Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion

Roger Finke, Christopher D. Bader

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Abstract

Over the past twenty years, there has been a surge in the use of economic theory to understand religion. The earliest work was developed both by economists and sociologists, and interest in applying economic theory to religion remains strong in several disciplines. A welcome by-product of this interdisciplinary interest has been the collection of data addressing questions posed by economic theory. This article reviews various sources of data, including surveys of religious congregations, religion censuses, and the growing number of cross-national collections. Much of the discussion focuses on the free and readily accessible data collections available from the online Association of Religion Data Archives. After reviewing the data sources, the article considers issues related to the use and refinement of the data, focusing in particular on measurement issues, such as the construction of indexes. Finally, it highlights a few online research tools that are readily available for researchers and discusses the potential for developing additional online options for data generation, data refinement, and theory testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940332
ISBN (Print)9780195390049
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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Economics of religion
Economic theory
Economists
Cross-national
Survey data
Reviewing
Census
Theory testing
Data sources
Data collection

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Finke, R., & Bader, C. D. (2012). Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion. In The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390049.013.0018
Finke, Roger ; Bader, Christopher D. / Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion. The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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