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(p. ix) List of Contributors

(p. ix) List of Contributors

Ran Abramitzky is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University specializing in the fields of economic history and applied microeconomics. His work uses various episodes in history to examine the economics of contracts and organizations and the economics of migration. He has written about the economics of the Israeli kibbutz, business partnerships, marriage markets, interreligious competition, and internal and international migration, among other topics. Abramitzky received his doctorate from Northwestern University and his B.A. from the Hebrew University.

Christopher D. Bader is Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. His current research interests include how personal conceptions of God influence attitudes and behavior and the relationship between religious beliefs and paranormal beliefs.

Robert J. Barro is Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is coeditor of Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics. He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth. Noteworthy research includes empirical determinants of economic growth, economic effects of public debt and budget deficits, and the formation of monetary policy. Recent books include Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society, all from MIT Press. His current research concerns the impact of rare disasters on asset markets and the interplay between religion and political economy.

Sascha O. Becker is Associate Professor, University of Warwick. He studied economics at the Universities of Bonn, Germany, and at the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique in Paris, France. He obtained his Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence in 2001. In spring 2000, he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Labor Economics at the University of California in Berkeley. From September 2001 until April 2008, he worked at the Center for Economic Studies of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Between 2008 and 2010, he was a professor at the University of Stirling, Scotland. In 2006, he spent seven months at the University of California in San Diego. His research has (p. x) appeared in international journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review.

Feler Bose is Assistant Professor of Economics at Alma College. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in economics, Bose worked as a research engineer for Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. His research interests are in economics of religion, law and economics, and public choice.

Maristella Botticini (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Economics at Università Bocconi in Milan and fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London). She started her career at Boston University where she received tenure in 2004. She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, such as the Sloan Research Fellowship and the CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.

Steve Bruce has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen since 1991. He was born in Edinburgh in 1954 and schooled at the Queen Victoria School Dunblane, Perthshire. He studied sociology and religious studies at the University of Stirling (M.A. 1976; Ph.D. 1980) and taught at the Queen’s University, Belfast, from 1978 to 1991. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2003 and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005. He has written extensively on the nature of religion in the modern world and on the links between religion and politics. His most recent work, Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007, and he is currently preparing a second edition of his Fundamentalism for Polity.

Eric Chaney is Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he studies the economic history and development of the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, prior to coming to Harvard.

Zvi Eckstein is the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel and Professor at Tel Aviv University holding the Mario Henrico Chair in Labor Economics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, gave the Walras-Bowley lecture in 2008, taught at leading U.S. universities, and is fellow of the Econometric Society, and research associate at Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, D.C.

Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. is Catherine and Edward Lowder Eminent Scholar Emeritus in Economics at Auburn University. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 articles and 24 books, including 2 works on the economics of religion, Sacred Trust: The Medieval Church as an Economic Firm (Oxford, 1996) and the Marketplace of Christianity (MIT, 2006).

Roger Finke is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and is the Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (

Anthony Gill is Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and nonresident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion. He is the author of Rendering unto Caesar: The Church and the State in Latin America (Chicago, 1998) and The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge, 2007), the latter of which was the American Sociological Association’s Section on Religion Distinguished Book Award. In 1999, Professor Gill was awarded the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Brian J. Grim is Senior Researcher in religion and world affairs at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life in Washington, D.C. He is also the co–principal investigator for the international religious demography project at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. From 1982 to 2002, he lived and worked as an educator, researcher, and development coordinator in China, the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, Europe, Malta, and the Middle East.

Robert F. Hébert is Russell Foundation Professor Emeritus, Auburn University, where he served on the faculty for more than two decades. He is a former Fulbright scholar and past president of the History of Economics Society. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 books, articles, and reviews. Retired, he now makes his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Daniel M. Hungerman is Assistant Professor of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Notre Dame and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has published research on a number of topics related to economics and religion, including the causal effects of religious participation, the economics of faith-based charities, and the effects of government regulation on religious practice.

Laurence R. Iannaccone is Professor of Economics at Chapman University. Prior to joining Chapman’s faculty in 2009, he was the Koch Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Before that he was Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University and spent two years at Stanford Univeristy’s Hoover Institution as a National Fellow (1989/1990) and Visiting Scholar (1996/1997). Iannaccone earned his M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and he wrote his doctoral thesis on habit formation and religious behavior in 1984. In more than fifty publications, he has applied economic insights to study denominational growth, church attendance, religious giving, conversion, extremism, international trends, and many other aspects of religion and spirituality. His articles have appeared in numerous 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.

(p. xii) Murat Iyigun is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor, and a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Development at Harvard University. His research interests lie in the economics of religion, the economics of the family, political economy, and cliometrics. His work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, the Economic Journal, and the International Economic Review. Since April 2008, he has also been an editorial board member of the European Journal of Political Economy.

Todd M. Johnson is Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. He is coeditor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2001). He is editor of the World Christian Database and coeditor of the World Religion Database, both published by Brill.

Evelyn L. Lehrer is Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has done extensive research on the economics of marriage, divorce, fertility, and female employment and on the role of religion in economic and demographic behavior.

Rachel M. McCleary is Senior Research Fellow, Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; and Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute. Her work is interdisciplinary with theoretical grounding in the fields of political science, sociology, and economics. Within these disciplines, she conducts research on the political economy of religion. Her research focuses on how religion interacts with economic performance and the political and social behavior of individuals and institutions across societies. She studies how religious beliefs and practices influence productivity, economic growth, and the maintenance of political institutions such as democracy.

Alexander McQuoid is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Columbia University, specializing in international trade and industrial organization. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from Georgetown University, an M.S. in Philosophy and Economics from London School of Economics, and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School. His primary research focuses on the impact of trade liberalization on organizational structures and labor market institutions. He is also interested in the interplay between economic systems and cultural values, particularly through their effect on institutional development.

(p. xiii) Daniel V. A. Olson, Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, is interested in how the religious composition of geographic areas (e.g., religious pluralism, denominational market shares) affects or does not affect the behavior of individuals and religious groups in these areas. He is coeditor with Detlef Pollack of The Role of Religion in Modern Societies (2008).

Steven Pfaff is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for West European Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of papers in comparative and historical sociology, the sociology of religion, and comparative politics. His monograph, “Exit-Voice Dynamics and the Collapse of East Germany” (Duke, 2006), was honored by the Social Science History Association and the European Academy of Sociology.

Darren E. Sherkat (Ph.D. Duke, 1991) is Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University. His research explores the demography of religion in the United States and the consequences of religious factors for family, politics, and economic stratification. His research has appeared in American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Science Research, and Social Science Quarterly, among other places.

Robert D. Tollison is the J. Wilson Newman Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He has published widely in economics, including works applying the principles of economics to religion. His publications on religion focus on the historical rise and practices of the Christian church in Western Europe up to and including the Protestant Reformation.

Ludger Woessmann is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich, Germany, and heads the Department of Human Capital and Innovation at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research. His research focuses on the economics of education, with special focus on microeconometric analyses of international student achievement tests, and on the impacts of religion and human capital in economic history and for modern economic growth.

Robert D. Woodberry is director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research analyzes the long-term roots of mass education, mass printing, economic development, and democracy in societies outside Europe.

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