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Bader, Christopher and Froese, Paul.  America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God—and What That Says about Us.  Oxford University Press, 2010.

Bader, Christopher, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph Baker.  Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture.  NYU Press, 2011. 

In Progress:

Bader, Christopher, Joseph Baker and Christopher P. Scheitle.  The Normalization of Deviance.

Bader, Christopher, Roger Finke, and Christopher P. Scheitle.  Faithful Measures

Iannaccone, Laurence.  Divine Economy: Perspectives on the Market for Religion.  Status: MS is largely complete.  Probable publisher: Princeton University Press.

Iannaccone, Laurence.  The Economics of Religion.  Status: Initial draft is finished.  Probable publisher: Princeton University Press.

Rubin, Jared. God, Power, and Printing: The Institutional Roots of Economic Success and Stagnation in the Middle East and Europe until 1600.  Advanced stages of negotiation, Cambridge University Press.


Christopher Bader.  Co-Principal Investigator on Learning from the Past and Building for the Future: Designing and Disseminating Measures of Spiritual Information for a New Era.  Templeton Foundation.  ($992,034).  Dates: Fall 2011—Fall 2013.

Christopher Bader.  Principal Investigator.  Gabrielino/Tongva Indian Religion and Spirituality- A Mixed Methods Approach.  ($323,735).  Application to National Science Foundation.

Larry Iannaccone and Jared Rubin.  The RES Research Initiative: Bringing New Methods, Minds, and "Marriages" to the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society.  Templeton Foundation.  ($325,000).  Dates: August 1, 2011 - July 31, 2014.

Other Private foundations: Iannaccone and Bader have received substantial support from Lilly, Pew, the Louisville Foundation, and others.

+-Publications: 2012, 2013 and Forthcoming

Bader, Christopher, Joseph O. Baker and Andrea Molle.  Forthcoming, 2012.  "Countervailing Forces: Religiosity and Paranormal Belief in Italy."  Forthcoming in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Coşgel, Metin M., Thomas J. Miceli, and Jared Rubin. Forthcoming. “The Political Economy of Mass Printing: Legitimacy, Revolt, and Technological Change in the Ottoman Empire,” Journal of Comparative Economics.

Coşgel, Metin M., Thomas J. Miceli, and Jared Rubin. Forthcoming. “Political Legitimacy and Technology Adoption,” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Desmond, Scott A., Jeffrey T. Ulmer, & Christopher D. Bader.  "Religion, Self Control, and Substance Use," Deviant Behavior.  30 January 2013.

Iannaccone, Laurence.  “Extremism and the Economics of Religion.”  Economic Record.  88, Issue Supplement s1: 110-115.  27 June 2012.

Rubin, Jared.  "Printing and Protestants: An Empirical Test of the Role of Printing in the Reformation", forthcoming in Review of Economics and Statistics.

Rubin, Jared.  “The role of trade in the political development of the Islamic world” in: Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stuart, Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Eds.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

+-Publications: 2011

Bader, Christopher and Ashley Palmer.  2011.  "Scared into Church?  Conceptions of God, Exclusivity, and Religious Practice in the United States."  Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice, edited by Giuseppe Giordan and William H. Swatos, Jr.  New York: Springer.

Brown, D.H.K., Molle, A. & Jennings, G. (2011) “Faith in the martial arts: Exploring relationships between Asian martial arts and religion”, STADION, 35, pp. 47-66.

Chaudhary, Latika and Jared Rubin. 2011. “Reading, Writing, and Religion: Institutions and Human Capital Formation,” Journal of Comparative Economics 39, no. 1: 17-33.

Finke, Roger and Christopher D. Bader.  (2011).  “Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion.”  The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, edited by Rachel McCleary.  Oxford University Press.

Finke, Roger, Christopher D. Bader and Andrew Whitehead.  "Innovations in the Development and Use of Social Science Data Archives."  Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook, edited by William Sims Bainbridge.  Sage Publications, Inc. 2011. Page 668.

Iannaccone, Laurence.  “Funding the Faiths: Toward a Theory of Religious Finance” (with Feler Bose).  The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, edited by Rachel McCleary.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.  2011, pp. 323-342.

Iannaccone, Laurence R., Colleen E. Haight, and Jared Rubin. 2011. “Lessons from Delphi: Religious Markets and Spiritual Capitals,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 77, no. 3: 326-338.

Molle, Andrea (2011) “Spiritual Life in Modern Japan: Understanding Religion in Everyday Life”, in G. Giordan & W. H. Swatos (eds.) Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice, pp. 131-139. New York: Springer.

Molle, Andrea, Sterchele D., eds. (2011). Religioni e Società. Rivista di Scienze Sociali della Religione, 71. Special Issue on Religion and Sport. [in italian]

Rubin, Jared. 2011. “Institutions, the Rise of Commerce, and the Persistence of Laws: Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity,” Economic Journal, 121, no. 557: 1310-1339.

Rubin, Jared.  “Institutions, religion, and the rise of Europe vis-à-vis the Middle East: A long-run reversal of fortunes,” VoxEU, December 22, 2011.

Rubin, Jared.  “Review of Deirdre McCloskey, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World,” EH.Net Economic History Services, February 23, 2011.

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).

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