Religious faith and agricultural growth: exploring some correlations in Africa
AbstractThis study investigates the relationship between religious beliefs and agricultural growth in Africa. Empirical analyses are undertaken using panel data of a representative sample of 26 countries, covering the period 1970-2000. The countries analyzed were classified into three groups; countries with a majority of Christian believers, those with a majority of Muslims and those where there are more who follow indigenous beliefs. Results generally indicate a non-neutral effect of religious on agricultural growth. The results accord with perspectives in which classic religions influence traits that enhance agricultural performance, particularly through technological progress. The conclusion draws implications from the findings and highlights areas needing further scrutiny.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 11131.
Date of creation: 2007
Date of revision: 2007
Religion faiths; Agricultural growth; Agricultural productivity; Efficiency; Technology; Africa;
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- O47 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
- Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
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