The economic study of religion comprises a variety of subfields, which collectively embrace all aspects of the social-scientific study of religion. Below is a list of current course offerings within this field of study being taught by IRES faculty.
ECON 314: US Economic and Entrepreneurial History
Faculty: Jared Rubin
Description: (Same as HIST 314.) The course examines the changing roles of entrepreneurs, business, the financial structure, and government's role in the economy in the United States from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century. The entrepreneur's own ethics, lifestyle and background will be examined. 3 credits.
ECON 425: Economics of Non-Market Behavior
Faculty: Laurence Iannaccone
Description: Applications of economic theory and methods to "non-market topics, including crime, discrimination, addiction, marriage, fertility, family life, education, religion, sports, and philanthropy. Special emphasis on the path-breaking work of Gary Becker. 3 credits.
SOC 312: Sociology of Religion
Faculty: Christopher Bader
Description: Prerequisite, SOC 101. This class provides an introduction to the sociology of religion. The class explores various theories that attempt to explain the religious impulse, discusses the differences between types of religious groups, examines reasons why people join (and leave) religious groups, and discusses macro-level tends in religious behavior. 3 credits.