Understanding the development of fundamentalism

Gil S. Epstein, Ira N. Gang

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We use economic theory to examine the intensity of fundamentalist sects in which leaders work to enhance their followers' observance level. We model three stylized situations under which fundamentalist groups function, examining the intensity of observance in each. We find that, under reasonable conditions, rivalry among fundamentalists makes them more extreme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-271
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Fundamentalism
  • Religion
  • Rent-seeking


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