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Economic Origins of Roman Christianity by Robert B. Ekelund and Robert D. Tollison

Published By: Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 978-0-226-20002-6
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: Douglas W. Allen of Simon Fraser University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.2.513.r15
Review Pages: 545-46

Book Review Abstract

Douglas W. Allen of Simon Fraser University reviews "Economic Origins of Roman Christianity" by Robert B. Ekelund and Robert D. Tollison. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Chronicles the evolution of Roman Christianity from its origins to a full-blown monopoly of belief in Western Europe around the year 1100 CE. Discusses Roman Christianity—an evolving monopoly; religion, history, and social science; economics of religious belief; entrepreneurship, networking, and the success of early Christianity; Constantine and Rome's acceptance of Christianity; the drive to church monopoly—Constantine to Charlemagne; Roman Christian monopoly in the early medieval period; and the Roman Church monopoly triumphant. Ekelund is Catherine and Edward Lowder Eminent Scholar Emeritus of Economics at Auburn University. Tollison is C. Wilson Newman Professor of Economics at Clemson University. Index.


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Douglas W. Allen of Simon Fraser University


JEL Classifications

N33: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Religion, and Wealth: Europe: Pre-1913
Z12: Cultural Economics: Religion


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