Economics of American Judaism

By Carmel Chiswick

© 2008 – Routledge

176 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book collects in one readily-accessible volume the pioneering research of Carmel U. Chiswick on the Economics of American Judaism. Filling a major gap in the social-scientific literature, Chiswick’s economic perspective complements that of other social scientists and historians. She demonstrates clearly that economic analysis can deepen our understanding of the historical experience of American Jewry and provide insights into its current situation.

The author applies the methodology of modern labor economics to examine how America's unique economic environment in the twentieth century provided a context for the ancient Jewish religion to adapt to new circumstances. The development of distinctively American synagogue movements is linked to the economic assimilation of American Jews and their rapidly rising levels of education, social assimilation, and changing family structure. The economic perspective gives a fresh insight into questions of the long-run viability of Judaism in America. In a final section, economic analysis is applied in a novel way to highlight the symbiotic relationship between American and Israeli Judaism.

Table of Contents

Overview 1. Introduction 2. First Approach: The Economics of American Judaism 3. A Retrospective: The Economics of American Judaism Immigrants 4. The Economics of Jewish Immigrants and Judaism in the United States 5. Economic Transformation of American Jewry (with Barry R. Chiswick) Marriage and the Family 6. The Economics of Contemporary American Jewish Family Life 7. Determinants of Religious Intermarriage: Are Jews Really Different? Jewish Continuity 8. An Economic Perspective on Religious Education: Complements and Substitutes in a Human Capital Portfolio 9. The Cost of Living Jewishly and Jewish Continuity (with Barry R. Chiswick) 10. The Economics of Jewish Continuity Israel and American Jewry 11. Impact of the Six-Day War on American Jewry: An Economic Perspective 12. Israel and American Jewry in the Year 2020: An Economic Analysis 13. Immigrant Impacts on Israel’s Labor Force: Implications for Economic Development

About the Author

Carmel U. Chiswick is Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
REL040000
RELIGION / Judaism / General