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Annual Conference: April 11 – 14, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Crystal City (Washington DC)

Conference Summary

  • ASREC 2013 Report


    Friday, 12th of April 2013

    8:30am - 10:00am

    1A: Philosophy and Religion: From Delos to Adam Smith
    Chair: Larry Iannaccone, Chapman University
    Discussant: James Montayne, Consulting Economist
    The Human Person in Economic Theory from the Scholastics, to Smith and Marx
     John Larrivee, Mount St. Mary’s University
    Gods of Trust: Ancient Delos and the Modern Economics of Religion
     Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Stanford University
    How We Forgot What Adam Smith Said about Religion
     Robert I. Mochrie, Heriot-Watt University

    8:30am - 10:00am

    1B: Norms and Culture in Religious Organizations
    Chair: Michael McBride, University of California Irvine
    Discussant: Bryony Reich, University of Cambridge
    Faith-Based Organizations
     Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of California, Irvine
    Craft Guilds and Risk-Sharing in Late Medieval England: A Link between Social and Economic Change
     Gary Richardson, University of California, Irvine
    Toward an Economic Theory of Religious Authority
     Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    2A: Religion and Socio-Economic Outcomes
    Chair: Saumitra Jha, Stanford University
    Discussant: G. Osea Giuntella, Boston University
    The Implications of Cultural Background on Labour Market Choices: The Case of Religion and Entrepreneurship
     Luca Nunziata, University of Padua
     Lorenzo Rocco, University of Padua
    Belief Systems and Wealth Outcomes
     Feler Bose, Alma College
    Religion and Health: A Country Level Study
     Hossein Radmard, West Virginia University
     Alberto Ratinti, West Virginia University

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    2B: Laboratory Experiments
    Chair: Gerhard Riener, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    Discussant: Justin Rao, Microsoft Research
     Mark Isaac, Florida State University
     Douglas Norton, Florida State University
    Are Persons with Religious Commitment and Faith Less Prone to Deception and Duplicity?
     Angelina Nikitenko Christie, The Catholic University of America
     Michael Welker, Franciscan University of Steubenville
     Juanjuan Meng, Peking University
     Joseph Tao-Yi Wang, National Taiwan University
    Gender Differences in the Dictator Experiment: Evidence from the Matrilineal Mosuo and the Patriarchal Yi
     Huibin Yan, University of California Santa Cruz
     Chun-Lei Yang, Academia Sinica

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    3A: Religion, Values and Environmentalism
    Chair: David Voas, University of Essex
    Discussant: S. Ramachandran, World Bank
    Religious Loyalty and Acceptance of Corruption
     Moamen Gouda, Philipps-Universität Marburg
     Sang-Min Park, University of Kassel
    Environmentalism and Religion: Substitutes or Complements?
     Feler Bose, Alma College
    Faith-based Organizations and the Provision of Children Services in Uasin Gishu County, Eldoret Kenya: A Collaboration of NGOs and Universities in Providing Services
     Emily J. Choge Kerama, Moi University

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    3B: Political Institutions and Outcomes
    Chair and Discussant: Charles North, Baylor University
    Religious Legitimacy and Economic Success
     Jared Rubin, Chapman University
    Trade Shocks and Pro-Democracy Mass Movements: Evidence from South Asia’s Independence Struggle
     Saumitra Jha, Stanford University
    Divided Landownership as Tax Shelter in Imperial China
     Helen Yang, George Mason University, Center for Study of Public Choice

    1pm - 2:30pm

    3C: Philanthropy and Pro-Social Behaviour
    Chair: Daniel Hungerman, University of Notre Dame
    Public Goods, Hidden Income, and Tax Evasion: Some Nonstandard Results from the Warm-Glow Model
     Daniel Hungerman, University of Notre Dame
    Does a Sermon Impact Generosity? An Experiment Using the Dictator Game
     Paul J. Olson, Briar Cliff University
    Altruism and the Preference for Income Redistribution across Generations
     Lisa Wilder, Albright College
     Victor Forte, Albright College

    2:45pm - 4:15pm

    4A: Religion and Growth
    Chair: Mukesh Eswaran, University of British Columbia
    Discussant: Alireza, Naghavi, University of Bologna
    Religion and Attitudes Affecting Economic Growth
     Charles North, Baylor University
     Elizabeth A. Dratz, Ataturk University
    The Effect of Cultural Differences on Economic Growth and Institutional Formation
     Michelle Albert Vachris, Christopher Newport University
     Justin P. Isaacs, Hampden-Sydney College
    Hate Crimes in India: An Economic Analysis of Violence and Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
     Smriti Sharma, University of Delhi

    2:45pm - 4:15pm

    4B: Integration and Immigration
    Chair: Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of California, Irvine
    Discussant: Hossein Radmard, West Virginia University
    Individuals, Groups and the Errors of Forced Integration
     Heath Spong, University of Western Sydney
    Why Does the Health of Immigrants Deteriorate?
     G. Osea Giuntella, Boston University
    Does Integration Increase Life Satisfaction?
     Zsoka Koczan, University of Cambridge

    2:45pm - 4:15pm

    4C: International Religious Freedom
    Chair: Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine
    Methodology of Tracking Global Religious Restrictions and Hostilities
     Angelina Theodorou, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
    Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion in World and US
     Brian Grim, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
     Peter Henne, Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia
    The Policy Realism of International Religious Freedom
     Dwight Bashir, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

    4:30pm - 6:00pm

    5A: Religious Capital
    Chair & Discussant: Chander Velu, University of Cambridge
    The Intergenerational Transmission of Religious Capital
     David Voas, University of Essex
     Ingrid Storm, University of Manchester
    In What Is Religious Human Capital Fixed?
     Paul Firenze, Providence College
    Religious Competition, Religious Capital, and Disagreement Payoffs
     Joseph Daniels, Marquette University
     Marc von der Ruhr, St. Norber College

    4:30pm - 6:00pm

    5B: Economic History I.
    Chair: Mark Koyama, George Mason University
    Discussant: Raphael Franck, Bar Ilan University
    The God of Your Fathers
     Warren Anderson, University of Michigan-Dearborn
    New Media, Religion, and Economic Change: Printing and the Protestant Reformation
     Jeremiah Dittmar, American University
    Technology Shocks, Labour Productivity, and Son Preference: The Long-Term Impact of Historical Textile Production in China
     Melanie Xue, George Mason University

    4:30pm - 6:15pm

    5C: Religion and Social Behaviour
    Chair: Evelyn Lehrer, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Discussant: Wafa Hakim Orman, University of Alabama Huntsville
    Sacrifice, Stigma, and Free-Riding on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): A New Perspective on Behaviour Change in Self-Help Organizations for Addiction
     Anna Lembke, Stanford University
    Holy Matrimony, Batman! Why Do the Devout Pay So Much for Marriage?
     Brian Hollar, Marymount University
    Religion and Risky Health Behaviors among U.S. Adolescents and Adults
     Jason Fletcher, Yale University and NBER
     Sanjeev Kumar, Yale University
    Religion and the Politics of Sex
     Stephen Baskerville, Patrick Henry College

    6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Keynote Address: Economics of Religion: Lessons Learned

    Chair: Larry Iananccone, Chapman University
    Speaker: Carmel Chiswick

    8:00pm - 9:00pm

    ASREC Reception

    Saturday, 13th of April 2013

    8:30am - 10:15am

    6A: The Roots of Religious Violence and Terrorism
    Chair/ discussant: Eli Berman, University of California San Diego
    Religion, Governance, Development and Violence: What doesn’t drive revolt?
     Eli Berman, University of California San Diego
    A Club Model Analysis of Mobilization in Violent Insurgency Conflict: The Case of the Afghan Mujahideen, 1978-1992
     Joseph West, University of Arizona
     Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine
    Social Movements, Fundamentalists, and Cosmic Warriors: Three Theories of Religious Activism and Violence
     Heather S. Gregg, Naval Postgraduate School
    A Social Network Theory of Religious Extremism and Violence
     Sean F. Everton, Naval Postgraduate School

    8:30am - 10:00am

    6B: Economic History II.
    Chair and Discussant: Tim Shah, Georgetown University
    Legal Centralization and the Rise of the Secular State
     Mark Koyama, George Mason University, Center for Study of Public Choice
     Noel Johnson, George Mason University, Center for Study of Public Choice
     Metin M. Cosgel, University of Connecticut
     Thomas J. Miceli, University of Connecticut
    The Printing Press, Reformation, and Legitimization
     Jared Rubin, Chapman University

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    7A: The Language of Religion
    Chair: William Bainbridge, National Science Foundation
    Discussant: Carrie Miles, Empower International Ministries
    Giving to God, Receiving from God: The Dynamics of Tithing, Generosity, and Thrift among the Enterprising Poor in India
     Rebecca Shah, Georgetown University
    How Does Cognition Work in Mosque Sermons? Context, Delivery, and Perception
     Umut Korkut, Glasgow Caledonian University
     Hande Eslen-Ziya, Bahcesehir University
    A Textual Analysis of the Social Psychological Structure of the Torah
     Tara Kahn, Wesleyan University

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    7B: Historical and International Perspectives on Culture and Identity
    Chair: Boris Gershman, American University
    Discussant: Mark Koyama, George Mason University
    Abolishing Transitional Gains Traps
     Nathanael Snow, George Mason University
    The Yellow Veiled Jewess: Stigma or Identity in 15th c. Italy
     LeslieYarmo, Salisbury University
    Killing Our Spirituality: The Basel Missionaries and the Bakossi Man in Muetug
     Roland Ndille, University of Buea, University of the Free State

    10:30am - 12:15pm

    7C: Field Experiments
    Chair: Mark Isaac, Florida State University
    Discussant: Angelina Nikitenko Christie, The Catholic University of America
    On the Norms of Charitable Giving in Islam: A Field Experiment
     Gerhard Reiner, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
     Fatima Lambarraa, CRC Poverty, Equity and Growth, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
    Insults and Inefficiency in Coordination: Evidence from India
     Karla Hoff, World Bank
     Priyanka Pandey, World Bank
     Benjamin Brooks, Princeton University
    The Economics of Faith: An Experiment on Time Preference Two Weeks before the Apocalypse
     Justin M. Rao, Microsoft Research
     Ned Augenblick, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
     Jesse Cunha, Naval Post Graduate Academy
     Ernesto Dal Bo, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
    Risk Aversion, Health Behaviour and Religiousness: Analysis using a Sample of Danish Twins
     Jytte Seested Nielsen, COHERE, University of Southern Denmark, Newcastle University Business School
     Mickael Bech, COHERE, University of Southern Denmark
     Kaare Christensen, The Danish Twin Registry
     Astrid Kiil, KORA – The Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research
     Niels Christian Hvidt, Health, Man and Society

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    8A: The Medium of Religion
    Chair: Christopher Bader, Chapman University
    Discussant: Zsoka Koczan, University of Cambridge
    The Secret World
     William Bainbridge, National Science Foundation
    Conflict over the Use of Religious Symbols in Popular Culture: A Case Study
     John W. Heeren, California State University San Bernardino
    Lifting the Veil: An Analysis of the Influence of the Media on the Treatment of Islam and Muslims in Britain and the West
     Laurens de Rooij, Durham University

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    8B: Gender and Norms
    Chair: Sriya Iyer, University of Cambridge
    Discussants: Karla Hoff, World Bank and Sriya Iyer, University of Cambridge
    A Gender-Based Theory of the Origin of the Caste System of India
     Mukesh Eswaran, University of British Columbia
     Chris Bidner, University of New South Wales
    The Labour Market Behaviour of Married Women with Young Children in the US: Have Differences by Religion Disappeared?
     Evelyn L. Lehrer, University of Illinois at Chicago
     Yu Chen, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Hook up Culture, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Collapse of Religion in the West
     Carrie A. Miles, Empower International Ministries

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    8C: Beliefs
    Chair and Discussant: Robbie Mochrie, Heriot Watt University
    Up from Scarcity: The Groundwork of the Economics of Morality and Religion
     James Montanye, Consulting Economist
    The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief
     Boris Gershman, American University
    Global Capitalism Self-Help Literature, and the Spiritualization of Lifestyles in Egypt
     Jeffrey Kenney, DePauw University

    2:45pm - 4:15pm

    9A: Legal and Religious Institutions in the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East
    Chair/Discussant: Jared Rubin, Chapman University
    Legal Pluralism and Beratli Merchants in the Ottoman Empire: The Price of Legal Institutions
     Cihan Artunç, Yale University
    Dispute Resolution in Ottoman Courts: A Quantitative Analysis of Litigations in 18th c. Katamonu
     Metin M. Cosgel, University of Connecticut
     Bogaç Ergene, University of Vermont
    Was the Middle East’s Economic Descent a Legal or Political Failure? Debating the Islamic Law Matters Thesis
     Adeel Malik, University of Oxford

    2:45pm - 4:15pm

    9B: Religion and Politics
    Chair/Discussant: Stephen Baskerville, Patrick Henry College
    American Evangelism and the Political Trajectory of Alberta, Canada
     Clark Banack, York University
    Thresholds in Religion: Christiantiy, Judaism, and Islam
     Mario Ferrero, University of Eastern Piedmont

    2:45pm - 4:30pm

    9C: Game Theory, Evolution and Religion
    Chair: Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine
    Discussant: Michael Makowsky, Johns Hopkins University
    An Evolutionary Study of Religious Fundamentalism
     Jonathan Gair, University of Cambridge
     Daniel Friedman, University of California – Santa Cruz
     Sriya Iyer, University of Cambridge
     Chander Velu, University of Cambridge
    The Two Sides of Envy
     Boris Gershman, American University
    The Application of Game Theory to the Analysis of Moral Preferences
     Paul Bennett, George Mason University
    Culture, Community and Segregation
     Bryony Reich, University of Cambridge

    4:45pm - 6:15pm

    10A: Religiosity and Economic Institutions
    Chair: Charles North, Baylor University
    Discussant: Cihan Artunc, Yale University
    After the Farm Crisis: Religion in the Rural United States
     Wafa Hakim Orman, University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Resilient Religiosity under Increased Public Spending: Evidence from School Choice in Late 19th c. France
    F11A  Raphael Franck, Bar Ilan University
     Noel D. Johnson, George Mason University
    Trade and Geography in the Origins and Spread of Islam
     Alireza Naghavi, University of Bologna
     Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University and NBER
     Giovanni Prarolo, University of Bologna

    4:45pm - 6:15pm

    10B: Discontent, Crime and Terrorism
    Chair: Eli Berman, University of California San Diego
    Discussant: Jared Rubin, Chapman University
    Economic Causes of Terrorism: Evidence from Rainfall Variation and Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan
     Shan Aman Rana, University of Cambridge
    Stealing more is better? Marginal Deterrence in Islamic Criminal Law of Theft
     Moamen Gouda, Philipps-Universitat Marburg
    ‘How Women Engage in Homegrown Terrorism’: A Rational Choice Model for Extreme Deviance
     Alessandra L. Gonzalez, City University of New York, Baylor University
     Joshua D. Freilick, City University of New York, National Consortium for the Studies of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
     Steven M. Chermak, Michigan State University, START

    4:45pm - 6:30pm

    10C: New and Forthcoming Data and Tools on the ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives)
    Chair: Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University and the
    Creating a Measurement Wizard
     Christopher Bader, Chapman University and the
    A Quick Review of 5.2 Million Books: Creating new Data with Ngrams
     Nathaniel Porter, Pennsylvania State University and the
    Developing New Online Educational Resources
     Jennifer M. McClure, Pennsylvania State University and the
    New Sources of National and International Data
     Robert R. Martin, Pennsylvania State University and the

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

    ASREC Social

    Sunday, 14th of April 2013

    10:15am – 11:45am

    11A: Religion, Economics and Culture in Jewish Communities – ASSJ session in honour of Carmel and Barry Chiswick
    Chair: Robbie Mochrie, Herriot-Watt University
    Respondent: Carmel Chiswick, George Washington University
    The Religiously Inefficient Family and American Jewish Intermarriage
     Bruce A. Phillips, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
    Denominational Variations across Jewish Communities in the United States
     Harriet Hartman, Rowan University, ASSJ
     Ira Sheskin, Jewish Demography Project, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, University of Miami
    Philanthropic Decisions of American Jews: The Influence of Religious Identity on Charitable Choices
     Arnold Dashefsky, Berman Institute – North American Jewish Data Bank, University of Connecticut

    10:15am - 11:45am

    11B: Conflict
    Chair: Raphael Franck, Bar Ilan University
    Discussant: Smriti Sharma, Delhi School of Economics
    Hierarchy, Returns to Scale, and Conflict
     Michael D. Makowsky, Paul Smaldino, Johns Hopkins University
    Swords and Plowshares: Jewish Rebel Governance in British Mandate Palestine, 1920-1948
     David Muchlinski, Arizona State University
    Naxalite Insurgency and the Economic Benefits of a Unique Robust Security Response
     Saurabh Singhal, University of Southern California

    10:15am - 12:00pm

    11C: Divine Economics
    Chair: Sriya Iyer, University of Cambridge
    Discussant: Zsoka Koczan, University of Cambridge
    Progress in Divine Economics
     Syed Nisar Hussain Hamdani, Kashmir Institute of Economics, University of AJ&K
     Nazish Rashid, University of AJ&K
     Fozia Munir, University of AJ&K
    Faith Based after Life Incentives in Philanthropic Behaviour
     Muhammad Asghar Tashfeen, Allama Iqbal Open University
     Tariq Siddique, Government Gordon College Rawalpindi/ Islamabad
     Dr. Muhammad Ali Bhatti, Forman Christian College (Chartered University)
    Spiritual Human Capital as Determinant of Workers Wellbeing
     Ashar Awan, University of AJ&K
     Syed Nisar Hussain Hamdani, Kashmir Institute of Economics, University of AJ&K
    Religious Beliefs and Economic Behaviours: Empirical Evidence from Pakistan
     Syed Akhtar Hussain Shah, National Institute of Management Karachi
     Syeda Asifa Arif, University of AJ&K
     Dr. Tasnim Fatima, Federal Urdu University Karachi

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