Robert Bosch Junior Visiting Fellow
(October 2009 – March 2010)
Comparative Legal Regulation of Religious Institutions:
A Behavioral Law and Economics Approach
My research uses recent insights from behavioral and institutional economics for the analysis of legal regimes governing religious groups and institutions in the USA, Germany, France and Hungary. The main focus is on four different levels of legal regulation. First, on the constitutional provisions and the statutory status of religious institutions, as well as on the systems of their funding and the privileges and constraints under which they operate. Second, on the judicial regulation of religious institutions. Third, on the desirable and undesirable effects of religion. Fourth, on the promises and limits of legally induced change of religious beliefs and practices in connection with discrimination based on various grounds.