About Larry T. Wimmer

Larry T. Wimmer is Emeritus Professor of Economics and past recipient of the Warren and Wilson Dusenberry University Professorship at Brigham Young University (2001‒2006). He received his BS degree from BYU and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. His primary interest is American economic history, with research and publications in US monetary history, income and wealth distribution in early Utah, and the standard of living for US families during the last half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Aging. Among his publications is a book by the BYU Press entitled The Kirtland Economy Revisited: a Market Critique of Sectarian Economics, for which he, along with his coauthors Marvin Hill and Keith Rooker, received the Mormon History Association Award for the “Best Work in the Field of Mormon History” for 1977. He was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research Institute (NBER) from 1979 until his retirement in 2008

Through a Glass Darkly: Examining Church Finances

Abstract: The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power is Michael Quinn’s impressive response to a century of books and articles that have often distorted the finances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This third volume in The Mormon Hierarchy series covers Church history from 1830 to 2010, and represents a staggering commitment. For 46 years Quinn has diligently gathered data on Church income, expenditures, taxation, and “living allowances” paid to Church leaders. The results are significant and engrossing, with but one possibly serious error. If you are interested in any aspect of the Church finances, the enormous effort required to bring us Wealth & Corporate Power may well be the final word. In Quinn’s own words, it tells an “American success story without parallel.”

Review of D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2017), 597 pp., with appendices and index. $49.95.

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