From Publishers Weekly
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"Offer[s] insight into the way economic theories try to explain some of modernity's most perplexing issues...In a world dominated by the marketplace, books such as this one are an important part of the conversation." --Publishers Weekly
"Witham makes accessible the fundamentals of the economics of religion, demonstrating the growing importance and popularity of the field. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a layman's introduction to the economics of religion." --Rachel M. McCleary, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
"Marketplace of the Gods is both a pleasant read and a comprehensive overview of the economics of religion, appealing to general audiences, scholars, and theologians alike. Readers of this precise scholarly work will gain insight into the peculiar way economists view religion in particular and human behavior in general." --Brooks B. Hull, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, Dearborn
"In this cogent book, Larry Witham describes the development and the insights of a broad academic literature that uses economics to explain the organization, evolution, and impact of religions. His mastery of the debates and grasp of the proposed theories are impressive. Readers ranging from the uninitiated to professional economists who specialize in religion will find Marketplace of the Gods informative and provocative, but also entertaining." --Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University