Interest groups, public choice and the economics of religion

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This article reviews Bob Tollison’s conjoint contributions to the burgeoning area of the economics of religion, underscoring his integration of public choice and interest-group themes into the microeconomic analysis of faith-based organizational architecture, institutional decision making and doctrinal innovation. Beginning with study of the medieval Catholic Church, moving forward to the Protestant Reformation and beyond, it supplies a timeline of developments and the major findings of each phase of his research program.

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Ekelund, R.B., Hébert, R.F. Interest groups, public choice and the economics of religion. Public Choice 142, 429–436 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-009-9543-7

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  • Economics of religion