The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC) and theARDA.com have developed a Working Papers Series to provide quick and easy distribution of conference papers and other unpublished research on the social scientific study of religion for public use.
The ARDA/ASREC Working Papers Series fits with the mission of both associations. ASREC is dedicated to advancing the economic study of religion, in collaboration with researchers in every field of social science and the ARDA is committed to providing the public with the latest and best data and research concerning religion in the world.
Current Working Papers
- William Sims Bainbridge. "Religion and Gender in World of Warcraft."
- William Sims Bainbridge. "Sister Ohio (Book Manuscript)."
- Timothy T. Brown. "The Economics of Religious Altruism: The Role of Religious Experience."
- Timothy T. Brown. "A Monetary Valuation of Individual Religious Behavior: The Case of Prayer."
- Carmel U. Chiswick. "Occupation and Gender: American Jews at the Millenium."
- Roger Finke. "Going Global: Testing Theories with International Data."
- Roger Finke, Christopher D. Bader and Edward C. Polson. "Faithful Measures: Developing Improved Measures of Religion."
- Roger Finke and Robert Martin. "Religious Freedom and Conflict:
A Review of the Evidence
- Roger Finke and Robert Martin. "Ensuring Liberties:Understanding State Restrictions on Religious Freedoms
- Paul Fudulu. "The Economic Performance of Great Religions: An Alternative to Weber’s Rationalism."
- Evelyn L. Lehrer. "Religion, Human Capital Investments and the Family in the United States."
- Robert Martin and Roger Finke. "Defining and Redefining Religious Freedom:
A Quantitative Assessment of Free Exercise Cases in the U.S. State Courts, 1981-2011
- Stelios Michalopoulos, Alireza Naghavi and Giovanni Prarolo. "Trade and Geography in the Economic Origins of Islam: Theory and Evidence."
- Carrie A. Miles. "The Church versus the Spirit: The Impact of Christianity on the Treatment of Women in Africa."
- Dick Slikker. "Correlations Between Christian Population Changes and
Changes in Sovereign Ratings in Countries for the Period Between 2000 to 2012."
- Nathan Smith. "The Economics of Monasticism."
- Benno Torgler and Christoph A. Schaltegger. "Suicide and Religion: New Evidence on the Differences Between Protestantism and Catholicism ."
Published Working Papers
The following Working Papers have been published:
- Brickman Bhutta, Christine. 2012. "Not by the Book : Facebook as a Sampling Frame." Sociological Methods & Research 41(1).
- Finke, Roger and Jaime Harris. 2011. "Wars and Rumors of Wars: Explaining Religiously Motivated Violence." In Religion, Politics, Society and the State, pp. 53-71. Jonathan Fox, ed., New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Finke, Roger and Robert R. Martin. 2014. "Ensuring Liberties: Understanding State Restrictions on Religious Freedoms." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53(4): 687-705.
- Martin, Robert R. and Roger Finke. 2014. "The Societal and Legal Impact of Free Exercise Guarantees: Findings from Quantitative Research." Religious Freedom in America: Constitutional Roots and Contemporary Challenges, pp. 91-116. Allen Hertzke (ed.), Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
- Smith, Buster G., Christopher P. Scheitle and Christopher D. Bader. 2011. "The Ties that Bind: Network Overlap Among Independent Congregations." Social Science Computer Review 29(3).
Laurence R. Iannaccone has applied economic insights to study denominational growth, church attendance, religious giving, conversion, religious extremism, and other aspects of religion and spirituality. His articles have appeared in many academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His current work includes empirical studies of religious trends, computational models of religious dynamics, and the economics of sectarianism. Iannaccone founded the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture, and directs Chapman University’s Center for the Economic Study of Religion.
William Sims Bainbridge is co-director of Human-Centered Computing at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Bainbridge is well known for his work on the sociology of religion, publishing a wide variety or articles and books, including three collaborations with Rodney Stark: The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival and Cult Formation (1985), A Theory of Religion (1987), and Religion, Deviance, and Social Control (1996). Among his solo-authored books, these concern religion: Satan's Power: A Deviant Psychotherapy Cult (1978), The Sociology of Religious Movements (2002), God from the Machine: Artificial Intelligence Models of Religious Cognition (Cognitive Science of Religion) (2006), and Across the Secular Abyss: From Faith to Wisdom (2007).
A Note on Unpublished Papers
Neither ASREC nor the ARDA will hold copyright permissions for the Working Papers series. The copyright remains with the author of the paper. Working papers are available electronically (see distribution instructions below) and may be accessed free of charge from theARDA.com.