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The Economics of Religion in India

Reminds us of old truths—for example, that religion is a cultural expression of deep emotional and imaginative hunger (what Iyer calls ‘spiritual’)—while arguing that it is often ‘a rational economic response’ to changing social environments. In so doing, Iyer gently but effectively challenges more narrow concepts of rational choice.—Terri Apter, The Times Literary Supplement

Economists are increasingly taking the importance of religion seriously in their work. Sriya Iyer is a leader in the field and has produced a major work which provides a distinctive and original perspective on religion in India. It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to see what an economic approach can bring to discussions of religion.—Tim Besley, London School of Economics and Political Science

Quite possibly the most original, certainly the freshest, reading of Hinduism and its place in Indian society in a long time. It is a marked contribution to the economics of religion.—Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge

The Economics of Religion in India is a model of clarity, lucidity, and comprehensive discussion. Iyer crafts an interdisciplinary piece of scholarship that illuminates many facets of the economics of religion in the Indian context.—Steven Durlauf, University of Chicago

Iyer is a world-class scholar with world-class insights. This is a must-read book for all who study the economics of religion, and a gold mine for anyone seeking to understand the role of religion in Indian society.—Larry Iannaccone, Chapman University

Sriya Iyer has given us a creative, intellectually rich discussion of religion in India and its effects on social-service provision and economic development. Her knowledge of the Indian religion market combines with her command of economics to produce a major contribution to the economics of religion.—Rachel M. McCleary and Robert J. Barro, Harvard University

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