An NBER Conference on the Economics of Religion, organized by Jon Gruber, NBER and MIT, and Daniel Hungerman, NBER and University of Notre Dame, took place in Cambridge on October 15 and 16, 2009. These papers were discussed:Kaivan Munshi, Brown University and NBER, and Nicholas Wilson, Williams College, "Identity, Parochial Institutions, and Occupational Choice: Linking the Past to the Present in the American Midwest"(NBER Working Paper No. 13717)
Shawn Kantor and Alexander Whalley, University of California, Merced and NBER, "The Ascendancy of America's Colleges and Universities: Separating the Roles of Church and State"
Dan Benjamin, Cornell University and NBER; James Choi, Yale University and NBER; and Geoffrey Fisher, Cornell University, "Religious Identity and Economic Behavior"
Gordon Hanson, University of California , San Diego and NBER, and Chong Xiang, Purdue University and NBER, "Exporting Christianity: Governance and Doctrine in the Globalization of Protestant Denominations"
Robert Woodberry, University of Texas at Austin, "Weber through the Back Door: Protestant Competition, Elite Dispersion and the Global Spread of Democracy"
Jay Hartzell, University of Texas at Austin; Christopher Parsons, University of North Carolina; and David Yermack, New York University, "Is a Higher Calling Enough? Incentive Compensation in the Church"
Raphael Franck, Bar Ilan University, and Laurence Iannaccone, George Mason University, Why did Religiosity Decrease in the Western World during the Twentieth Century?"
Sascha Becker, University of Stirling, and Ludger Woessmann, University of Munich, "Dead End: Protestants and Suicide"
Murat Iyigun, University of Colorado, "Monotheism (From a Sociopolitical & Economic Perspective)"
Erik Meyersson, Institute for International Economic Studies, "Islamic Rule and the Emancipation of the Poor and Pious"
Stelios Michalopoulos, Tufts University; and Alireza Naghavi and Giovanni Prarolo, University of Bologna, "The Economic Origins of Islam: Theory and Evidence"
Summaries of these papers may be found here