Association for the Study of Religion, Economics,
and Culture

Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture

Annual Conference: March 21-22, 2014

Chapman University, Orange, CA



ASREC PROGRAM 2014

Friday, 21st of March, 2014

8:00am-5:00pm

Registration



8:15am - 8:30am: Introduction

Laurence Iannaccone (ASREC President, and Chapman University)
Sriya Iyer (ASREC 2014 Program Chair, and University of Cambridge)

8:30am - 10:00am

1A: Altruism
Chair and Discussant: Dan Hungerman, University of Notre Dame
Mandatory Alms and Voluntary Contributions: Evidence from Iranian Household Expenditure and Income Survey
 Seyedbabak (Babak) Rezaeedaryakenari, Arizona State University
On the Norms of Charitable Giving in Islam: Two Field Experiments in Morocco
 Gerhard Riener, University of Düsseldorf
 Fatima Lambarraa, University of Göttingen
I Risk, You Pay - Group identity and risk sharing in an ethnically diverse society
 Hanne Roggemann, Goethe University, Frankfurt
 Myriam Hadnes, University of Frankfurt and Vietnamese German University
 Andreas Landmann, University of Mannheim
 

8:30am - 10:00am

1B: Minorities, Immigration and Integration - I
Chair and Discussant: Seth Norton, Wheaton College
Do Remittances act as Insurance in the Face of Political Shock?
 Zsoka Koczan, University of Cambridge
A Tale of Minorities: Evidence on Religious Ethic and Entrepreneurship from Swiss Data
 Luca Nunziata, University of Padua
 Lorenzo Rocco, University of Padua
Minority Disadvantage and Racism Reduction
 Justin Bruner, University of California, Irvine

8:30am - 10:00am

1C: Deficits and Happiness
Chair and Discussant: Charles North, Baylor University
Blessed Mary, Forgive Us Our Deficits
 Esa Mangeloja, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
 Kari Heimonen, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
 Mika Nieminen, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
The Evangelical Anomaly: Religious Observance and Investments in Savings, Education, and Social Capital
 Sara Helms, Samford University
 Charles Stokes, Samford University
 Jeremy Thornton, Samford University
Can Religion Insure against Aggregate Shocks to Happiness? The Case of Transition Countries
 Olga Popova, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute

10:15am - 12:00pm

2A: Economics of Religious Groups and Organisations -1
Chair and Discussant: Ira Gang, Rutgers University
Human Capital and the Supply of Religion
 Christopher Parsons, University of California, San Diego
 Joseph Engelberg, University of California, San Diego
 Raymond Fisman, Columbia University
 Jay Hartznell, University of Texas, Austin
A Model of Church Exit
 Michael Walrath, University of St.Thomas
"Feminine" and “Strict": The Paradox of Latin American Pentecostalism
 Kevin Neuhouser, Seattle Pacific University

10:15am - 12:00pm

2B: Free-Riding, Trust and Belief
Chair and Discussant: Robert Mochrie, Heriot-Watt University
Why Churches Need Free-riders: Religious Capital Formation and Religious Group Survival
 Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine
Preventing Free Riding in Religious Groups through Public Display of Allegiance
 Maryam Dilmaghani, Saint Mary’s University
Back to Basics: Rationality and Religious Belief
 Gordon Menzies, University of Technology, Sydney
 Howard E. Doran, University of Queensland

10:15am - 12:00pm

2C: Religion and Development
Chair and Discussant: Jared Rubin, Chapman University
Religiosity, Domestic Violence, & the Economic Crisis
 Wafa Hakim Orman, College of Business Administration, University of Alabama Huntsville
 Marlena S. Primeau, College of Nursing, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  Ann L. Bianchi, College of Nursing, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Does the foetal origins hypothesis hold for the average person only? Evidence from Ramadan fasting
 Farhan Majid, University of Pennsylvania
 Subha Mani, Fordham University
Islam, Inequality and Pre-Industrial Comparative Development
 Giovanni Prarolo, University of Bologna
 Alireza Naghavi, University of Bologna
 Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University

12 noon - 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm - 3:00pm

3A: The Economics of Religion within the larger Conversation between Economists and Religion Scholars: A Roundtable on The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics
Chair: Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University School of Business and School of Theology and Alphacrucis College
Introduction
 Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University School of Business and School of Theology and Alphacrucis College
Current Status and Future Prospects of the Economics of Religion
 Robert Mochrie, Heriot-Watt University
Commentary
 Paul Williams, Regent College, Vancouver
Commentary
 Laurence Iannaccone, Chapman University
 

1:30pm - 3:00pm

3B: Culture, Identity and their Consequences
Chair and Discussant: Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine
Punishment and Problem of Social Order: An Analysis of Flogging in the Royal Navy, 1743-1820
 Steven Pfaff, University of Washington
 Michael Hechter, University of Washington
 Patrick Underwood, University of Washington
The Religiously Unaffiliated: Are They Really "Nones?"
 Lillian Catts, Marymount University
Cultural Transmissions and Initial Wealth Accumulation: Evidence from an American Indian Reservation, 1894-1906
 Matthew Gregg, Roger Williams University

1:30pm - 3:00pm

3C: Gender and Religion
Chair and Discussant: Wafa Hakim Orman, University of Alabama Huntsville
Intermarriage and its Effect on the Standard of Living
 Ira Gang, Rutgers University
 Gil S. Epstein, Bar-Ilan University
 Myeong-Su Yun, Tulane University
Unveiling the Veil: Implications of the Turkish Headscarf ban
 Zeynep Ugur, Tilburg University
 Justin P. Isaacs, Hampden-Sydney College
Religiosity, Gender, and Wage in Canada
 Maryam Dilmaghani, Saint Mary’s University

3:15-4:45pm

4A: Religion and Economic Theory
Chair and Discussant: Robert Mochrie, Herriot-Watt University
Identity and Social Structure
 Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of California, Irvine
 Michael McBride, University of California, Irvine
Religion and Economic Inclusion and Seclusion
 Resit Ergener, Bogazici University
Jesus and the Ratchet
 Mario Ferrero, University of Eastern Piedmont

3:15-5:00pm

4B: Economic History and Development in India
Chair and Discussant: Sascha Becker, University of Warwick
The Protestant Legacy: Missions and Literacy in India
 Frederico G. Mantovanelli, Boston College
Religious Identity and the Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from the Indian Princely States
 Jared Rubin, Chapman University
 Latika Chaudhary, Scripps College
Religious Riots and Electoral Politics in India
 Anand Shrivastava, University of Cambridge
 Sriya Iyer, University of Cambridge

3:15-4:45pm

4C: Religion and Education - I
Chair and Discussant: Chris Parsons, University of California, San Diego
Religious Adherence and Educational Attainment in the United States
 Annette Tomal, Wheaton College
 Seth Norton, Wheaton College
Hierarchical Religions and Female Education
 Seth Norton, Wheaton College
 Annette Tomal, Wheaton College
The effect of religion on economic growth via literacy: A natural experiment in the 16th century
 Palma Mosberger, Central European University and UC Berkeley

5:00pm-6:30pm

ASREC Reception

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Keynote Address: Holier Than Thou? Social Motivations for Religious Giving

Chair: Larry Iananccone, Chapman University
Speaker: James Andreoni, University of California, San Diego

Professor Andreoni shares insights from two new studies of charitable giving. The first highlights the positive impact of public reputation and social ties, while the second underscores the negative impact of ethnic and religious diversity. The first study tracked contributions across 1,600 Catholic households in Zagreb, Croatia – where donations were solicited at every Sunday mass for six years running, and actual individual contributions were publicly announced during the first two years, then publicly posted for the next two years, and then announced as cumulative totals in the last two years. The second study uses data from Canadian tax records to compare giving patterns across household and neighborhoods of varied education, income, ethnicities, and religions.

Professor Andreoni is a world-renowned economist, known especially for his influential work on charity, altruism, and moral conduct. His research blends mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and experimental methods.

8:00pm

ASREC Late Night Social




Saturday, 22nd of March 2014

8:00am - 2:00pm

Registration

8:30am - 10:00am

6A: Minorities, Immigration and Integration - II
Chair and Discussant: Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of California, Irvine
The Consumption of News by British Muslims and its Effect on Identity Construction and Public and Private Practices of Religion
 Laurens de Rooij, Durham University
Opinion Leaders in Influence Networks and the Integration of Immigrant Communities
 Anja Prummer, University of Cambridge – INET Institute
 Jan-Peter Siedlarek, University of Mannheim
Economic Culture and Adaptive Behavior: The Case of Russian Old Believers in Latin America
 Danila Raskov, St. Petersburg State University

8:30am - 10:00am

6B: Voodoo and Witchcraft
Chair and Discussant: Paul Glewwe, University of Minnesota
Voodoo, vaccines and bed nets in Benin
 Nik Stoop, LICOS - Centre for Institutes and Economic Performance, IOB - Institute of Development Policy and Management
 Marijke Verpoorten, IOB – Institute of Development Policy and Management, LICOS – Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance
 Koen Deconinck, LICOS – Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance
Voodoo versus fishing committees: The role of traditional and modern community institutions in fisheries management
 Elena Briones Alonso, University of Leuven – LICOS
 Romain Houssa, University of Namur – CRED
 Marijke Verpoorten, University of Antwerp – IOB and University Leuven – LICOS
Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Trust: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
 Boris Gershman, American University

8:30am - 10:00am

6C: Aristotelian Theories of Action: A Richer and Analytically Tractable Alternative for Economists?
Chair: Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University School of Business and School of Theology and Alphacrucis College
Introduction
 Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University School of Business and School of Theology and Alphacrucis College
Economic Theory in Light of the Aristotelian Tradition
 Andy Yuengert, Pepperdine University
Rational Choice Theory and Virtue
 Gordon Menzies, University of Technology, Sydney
 Donald Hay, University of Oxford
Mathematizing the Aristotelian Theory
 Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University School of Business and School of Theology

10:15am - 12:00pm

7A: Economics of Religious Groups and Organisations - II
Chair and Discussant: Latika Chaudhary, Scripps College
U.S. Biased Funding of Faith Based Organizations: Why Organizational Topology Matters
 Noa Cnaan-On, Duke University
Anglican Arbitrage in America: Entrepreneurial Church Growth Among Episcopalian Decline
 Brian Hollar, Marymount University
Divine Competition: Religious Organisations and Service Provision in India
 Sriya Iyer, University of Cambridge
 Chander Velu, University of Cambridge
 Melvyn Weeks, University of Cambridge

10:15am - 12:00pm

7B: Religion, Aspirations and Income
Chair and Discussant: Boris Gershman, American University
Developing Aspirations: The Impact of Church-Affiliated Child Sponsorship on Self-Esteem and Life Expectation
 Paul Glewwe, University of Minnesota
A Gospel of Prosperity?: An Analysis of the Impact of Religion on Income in Ghana, the Most Religious Country in the World
 Sara Gundersen, Valparaiso University
 Sedefka Beck, Valparaiso University
Wage Differentials in the United States: Does Religious Participation Matter?
 Sedefka Beck, Valparaiso University

12 noon - 1:30pm

Lunch: Next steps for ASREC

Robbie Mochrie (Executive Director) and members of the ASREC board present their ideas for development of the Association over the next three years.


1:30pm - 3:15pm

8A : Religious Influences on Culture
Chair and Discussant: Mario Ferrero, University of Easter Piedmont
Analyzing the Influence of Religion and Politics on Public Opinion towards Embryonic Stem Cell Research
 Maruice Mangum, Texas Southern University
Oxycontin Nation: The Culture Wars Behind the Opioid Epidemic
 Anna Lembke, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Addiction Medicine Program Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic
God on the campaign trail: The use of religious rhetoric during the 2008 presidential campaign
 Moana Vercoe, Loyola Marymount University
 Trish Miller, Claremont Graduate University
 Alex Hindman, Claremont Graduate University
 Jean Schroedel, Claremont Graduate University

1:30pm - 3:15pm

8B: Religion and Education – II
Chair and Discussant: Giovanni Prarolo, University of Bologna
Education, Social Mobility and Religious Movements: A Theory of the Islamic Revival in Egypt
 Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of California, Irvine
 Christine Binzel, Heidelberg University
Does Secular Education Impact Religiosity, Electoral Participation and the Propensity to Vote for Islamic Parties? Evidence from an Education Reform in a Muslim Country
 Resul Cesur, University of Connecticut
 Naci Mocan, Louisiana State University
Education Promoted Secularization
 Sascha Becker, University of Warwick
 Markus Nagler, University College London
 Ludger Woessmann, University of Munich and IFO

1:30pm - 3:15pm

8C: Religion, State, and Pro-Social Behavior
Chair & Discussant: Chander Velu, University of Cambridge
Love Thy Neighbor - Religion and Prosocial Behavior
 Guido Heineck, University of Bamberg
Limitations to Signaling Trust with All or Nothing Investments
 Timothy Shields, Chapman University
 Eric Schniter, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute
 Roman M. Sheremeta, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Economics, Weatherhead School of Management and the Economic Science Institute
The Political Economy of Church and State
 Charles North, Baylor University
 Carl R. Gwin, Baylor University

3:15-4:13pm

ASREC Reception

4:30pm - 5:45pm

ASREC Public Lecture:
Does Clear Thinking Undercut Religious Commitment?: New Findings on Science and Supernaturalism

Christopher Bader, Professor of Sociology, Chapman University
Laurence Iannaccone, Professor of Economics, Chapman University

Scholars have written about “conflict” between religion and science for hundreds of years, and many have forecast that the growth of science must steadily erode all forms of supernaturalism. But what do the data really tell us? Join us as we examine results from new surveys, that carefully compare people’s religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, and verbal, mathematical, and logical reasoning skills. Our results for college students and the general public contain many surprises, including new insights about beliefs concerning evolution.

Chris Bader is the author of “America’s Four Gods,” “Paranormal America,” and numerous articles, and the Associate Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives.

Laurence Iannaccone is President of ASREC and Director of Chapman’s Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society. His research includes studies of denominational growth and decline, international religious trends, church-state relations, and the determinants of religion extremism, conversion, attendance, and contributions.






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