club models of organization and religious free-riding

Former orgtheory guest blogger Mike McBride (UC Irvine, Economics) was recently featured in a podcast on club models of organization and religious free-riding.  Interesting discussion not just for economists and sociologists of religion but for any orgtheorist.  Here’s a link to Mike’s orgtheory posts.  And, you can find Mike’s recent work on his web site.

The site has other interesting podcasts, including UCSD’s Eli Berman on religious terrorism (the podcast focuses on his 2009 book Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism).

Written by teppo

November 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

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  1. Thanks for the pingback on Mike’s podcast. It is a great interview and has become the most popular one on the website. I should add that in addition to Mike McBride and Eli Berman, I do have a penchant for interviewing other economists since I walk the halls of the “religious economies” school.

    There is another great interview there by Marc von der Ruhr on the organizational strategies of mega-churches and we will soon be featuring one of his colleagues also talking about religious organizational structure in the coming months. Jim Wellman also recently talked about how evangelicals and liberal mainlines differ organizationally.

    Not particularly related to organization theory, but related to economics, we had another great interview with Dan Hungerman on government social welfare spending and crowding out in the religious charity world.


    Anthony Gill

    November 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm

  2. Thanks for stopping by (some great podcasts).

    I don’t know the economics of religion literature very well (now reading a bit more, and plan on reading that Berman book), though I enjoy seeing how scholars wrestle with choice-theoretic issues in this space and infuse economics into the study of religion.

    Another interesting paper —-

    Gruber, J. & Hungerman, D. 2008. The church versus the mall: what happens when religion faces increased secular competition. Quarterly Journal of Economics.



    November 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  3. Teppo,

    Thanks for the compliment. We do discuss the Gruber and Hungermann paper at the end of the Hungermann podcast, all part of the “crowding out” thesis in its various substantive guises.

    I forgot to mention that we also did a neat podcast with Timur Kuran about the divergence between Islamic society and Christian Europe starting in about the year 1000. He had a fascinating insight about the role of capital accumulation and primogeniture, which I had never really thought about before but when he laid out the logic it hit me like a wet bag of cement between the eyeballs.


    Anthony Gill

    November 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

  4. Great, I look forward to listening to that. For anyone interested, here’s the link to the Timur Kuran podcast:



    November 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  5. Teppo, Thanks for posting this plug. Hope people enjoy the podcast. I actually think org theorists can contribute a lot more than I did to our understanding of religious organizations. Lot’s of interesting differences across religious organizations, and org theorists have a comparative advantage in trying to parse out why.


    Mike McBride

    November 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

  6. I think you are right — there’s an opportunity for a lot more work on comparative organizations.

    Though, my rough sense is that this isn’t necessarily a very “hot” area right now. Here’s a ‘Research in the Sociology of Organizations’ special issue that several of us were involved with, essentially calling for more work on comparative orgs:



    November 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

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