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ARDA/ASREC Working Papers Series

The Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC) and theARDA.com have developed a Working Papers Series to provide quick and easy distribution of conference papers and other unpublished research on the social scientific study of religion for public use.

The ARDA/ASREC Working Papers Series fits with the mission of both associations. ASREC is dedicated to advancing the economic study of religion, in collaboration with researchers in every field of social science and the ARDA is committed to providing the public with the latest and best data and research concerning religion in the world.


Current Working Papers


Past Working Papers

The following Working Papers have been published:

  • Brickman Bhutta, Christine. 2012. "Not by the Book : Facebook as a Sampling Frame." Sociological Methods & Research 41(1).

  • Finke, Roger and Jaime Harris. 2011. "Wars and Rumors of Wars: Explaining Religiously Motivated Violence." In Religion, Politics, Society and the State, pp. 53-71. Jonathan Fox, ed., New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • Smith, Buster G., Christopher P. Scheitle and Christopher D. Bader. 2011. "The Ties that Bind: Network Overlap Among Independent Congregations." Social Science Computer Review 29(3).


Series Editors

Laurence R. Iannaccone has applied economic insights to study denominational growth, church attendance, religious giving, conversion, religious extremism, and other aspects of religion and spirituality. His articles have appeared in many academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His current work includes empirical studies of religious trends, computational models of religious dynamics, and the economics of sectarianism. Iannaccone founded the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture, and directs Chapman University’s Center for the Economic Study of Religion.

William Sims Bainbridge is co-director of Human-Centered Computing at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Bainbridge is well known for his work on the sociology of religion, publishing a wide variety or articles and books, including three collaborations with Rodney Stark: The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival and Cult Formation (1985), A Theory of Religion (1987), and Religion, Deviance, and Social Control (1996). Among his solo-authored books, these concern religion: Satan's Power: A Deviant Psychotherapy Cult (1978), The Sociology of Religious Movements (2002), God from the Machine: Artificial Intelligence Models of Religious Cognition (Cognitive Science of Religion) (2006), and Across the Secular Abyss: From Faith to Wisdom (2007).

A Note on Unpublished Papers

Neither ASREC nor the ARDA will hold copyright permissions for the Working Papers series. The copyright remains with the author of the paper. Working papers are available electronically (see distribution instructions below) and may be accessed free of charge from theARDA.com.