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Religious Producer

Within the framework of “rational choice” approaches, this is one of the economic roles individuals play when engaged in religious behavior. Religious producers’ behavior is posited to follow the same principles as that of consumers. Providers of religious “goods” are typically clergy or administrative denominational members.  It is assumed within this framework that their primary goal is to maximize the number of adherents or power they can hold. “Whether pastors, priests, rabbis, or imams – religious producers will tend to adjust behavior so as to maximize the return to their efforts” (Iannaccone and Bainbridge 2009:461, 464)

Citations:

Iannaccone, Laurence R. and William Sims Bainbridge. 2009. “Economics of Religion.” Pp. 461-475 in The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion (2nd edition), ed. John Hinnells. New York, NY: Routledge.

The following are possible measures of Religious Producer that can be created using data from theARDA.com
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This asks respondents if the reason they attended or joined a religious group was due to the charisma of a minister. View related items in the Measurement Wizard:
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Several files in the ARDA's Data Archive have examples of this Measure.
CHARISMA 2000 General Social Survey
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This divides affiliation within Protestantism into differing religious organizations.  This is a standard question available in a wide range of data sets. View related items in the Measurement Wizard:     Examples  
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DENOM - 2008 General Social Survey (similar measures available in other waves)
VCF0129 - National Election Studies (cumulative data file 1948-2004)
Q1 - 2005 Baylor Religion Survey
DENOM - U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
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