Weber, Work Ethic And Well-Being
AbstractFollowing Max Weber’s seminal work, much recent work has turned to religious values to explain socio-economic developments. We present a test of Weber’s original thesis that addresses fundamental limitations of previous research. A novel method that builds on happiness research is used to measure a religious work ethic in terms of the psychic costs of unemployment. The resulting ‘experienced preferences’ provide strong support for Weber’s original thesis: for both Protestants and Protestant countries, not having a job has substantially larger negative happiness effects than for other religious denominations. This provides a Weber-type channel relating religion to socio-economic outcomes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series Papers on Economics of Religion with number 08/07.
Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 28 Oct 2008
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values; religion; happiness; preferences; outcomes; culture;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
- J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - General
- P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General
- Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
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- NEP-ALL-2008-12-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2008-12-01 (Business Economics)
- NEP-HAP-2008-12-01 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HPE-2008-12-01 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
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