Mgr. Ing. Pavol Minárik, Ph.D.

Room: 226, FSE Moskevská 54
Phone: +420 475 284 726
Email: pavol.minarik[at] 
ORCID ID:0000-0002-3913-2006


  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Institutional Economics
  • Public Choice Theory

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the economics of religion, especially religion in communist and post- communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Although it may seem surprising, the perspective of economics can also be applied to the field of religious behavior. Religion is an important element of social reality that cannot be ignored by economists. I have been working at the FSES UJEP since 2013 as an assistant professor and researcher. In my
teaching, I focus on improving the courses of economic theory.


Religion under communist regime: A rational choice perspective (Czech Science Foundation grant no. 19-07748S, 2019-2022), principal investigator

Selected publications:

Minarik, P. (2022). Religious Markets Under Heavy Regulation: Diversification as a Survival Strategy of the Catholic Church in Communist Countries. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 61(2), 433–449

Minarik, P. (2022). The persistence of opposition in an oppressive regime: The case of the Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia. Rationality and Society, 34(2), 218–236

Minarik, P. (2022). From the Communists and Post-Communists Alike: State-Paid Salaries of the Clergy in the Czech Lands 1949–2012. Politics and Religion, 15(2), 374–387

Minarik, P. (2021). Reconstructing religious attendance in European communist countries. Review of Religious Research, 63(2), 269–285

Minárik, P. (2019). Post-Communist Church-State Settlements in Central Europe: Why Did It Take So Long in the Czech Republic? Journal of Church and State, 62(4), 654–670

Minárik, P. (2018). An economic model of religious organization under oppressive regulation. Journal of Economics 124(3), 289–302