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dc.creatorLutz, Martin
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 5, no. 2 (2017), p. 239-257.en_US
dc.description.abstractAmish and plain Anabaptist economic research has focused either on the religious ethic in the tradition of Weber—religious convictions drive economic behavior—or the ethnic resources model—resources are mobilized to entrepreneurship. Both approaches (1) neglect the greater market context within which the plain Anabaptists have been embedded since the Early Modern Period, and (2) focus primarily on either early Anabaptism or the late 1900s. This article presents New Institutional Economics Theory as an alternative paradigm which understands people's economic behavior by the institutional contexts they are in. It looks at the World War II economy in the United States when many Anabaptist COs applied to be deferred to farm work by arguing that such work is of national importance. It shows that the Amish were thoroughly involved in the modern economy in the 1940s, as Walter Kollmorgen suggests. The Amish also shifted their institutional rules (the Ordnung) in response to larger institutional changes (e.g. wartime America). New Institutional Theory can help scholars better understand how Amish engage in, are shaped by, and shape the larger market.en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Librariesen_US
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright ownership of this article. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the author.en_US
dc.subjectEconomic historyen_US
dc.subjectOld Order Amishen_US
dc.subjectNew institutional economics theoryen_US
dc.subjectWorld War IIen_US
dc.subjectWalter Kollmorgenen_US
dc.subjectElkhart County, INen_US
dc.subjectReligious ethicen_US
dc.subjectEthnic entrepreneurshipen_US
dc.subjectWeber’s Protestent Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalismen_US
dc.subjectCivilian Public Service (CPS)en_US
dc.titleExplaining Anabaptist Persistence in the Market Economy: Past Paradigms and New Institutional Economics Theoryen_US

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