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Конкуренция на регулируемом рынке религиозных услуг

Экономическая политика. 2018. Т. 13. № 1. С. 218-233.

Religious market is considered as partially regulated which means the state does not prevent the birth of the sects as well as does not persecute the non-religious people and they exist along with the official denominations. The modification of the Hotelling’s spatial model is used in the paper. In contrast to the existing models when the agents seek the closest denominations in terms of strictness, the “capacity” of the existing churches is also taken into account. It was shown by McBride [McBride, 2010] that in an unregulated market there is a “natural cap” for the number of churches. The author shows that such a bound does not exist, moreover the sects and community of the non-religious individuals will arise. Although the majority of results are proven under the condition of the uniform density of preferred strictness among the agents, it is shown that when the monopoly denomination lowers its strictness under the shift in religious preferences, the number of the non-religious agents will nonetheless increase compared with the status quo.