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Towards an Economic Theory of the Church

dc.contributor.authorHull, Brooks B.
dc.contributor.authorBold, Frederick
dc.date.accessioned2007-11-22T17:55:20Z
dc.date.available2007-11-22T17:55:20Z
dc.date.issued1989
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Social Economics, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 5-15 <http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/57295>en_US
dc.identifier.issn0306-8293
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/57295
dc.description.abstractThis paper employs the theory of the firm to explain behavior of the church. Churches produce a set of products including entertainment, a variety of socially valuable public goods, eternal life, and alteration of otherwise fated events. Most importantly, the church reduces transactions costs by enforcing a system of property rights. Enforcement is enhanced by the promise of heaven and threat of hell, two innovations uniquely available to the church. We test some implications of the model using the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample of the Human Relations Area Files.en_US
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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherMCB University Pressen_US
dc.subjectChurchen_US
dc.subjectReligionen_US
dc.subjectProperty Rightsen_US
dc.subjectHeavenen_US
dc.subjectHellen_US
dc.titleTowards an Economic Theory of the Churchen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelSocial Sciences (General)
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelSocial Sciences
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Revieweden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumProfessor of Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationotherCriterion, Inc.en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusDearbornen_US
dc.description.bitstreamurlhttp://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/57295/1/Hull B - 1989 - Econ Theory of Church - IJSE.pdfen_US
dc.owningcollnameSocial Sciences: Economics, Department of (UM-Dearborn)


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