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Religious affiliation and economic development: a recent literature review


  • Olimid, Anca Parmena


This article provides an overview of the recent literature relevant to the study of the relation between economics and religion. The paper also appeals to the critical review on the implications of religious markets and church-state relation. The study argues that economic development depress religiosity. Subsequent comments will be linked to a much more comprehensive literature on the social and economic consequences of religious beliefs.

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  • Olimid, Anca Parmena, 2010. "Religious affiliation and economic development: a recent literature review," MPRA Paper 21101, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21101

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    1. Robert B. Ekelund Jr. & Robert F. Hebert & Robert D. Tollison, 2008. "The Marketplace of Christianity," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262550717, January.
    2. Laurence R. Iannaccone, 1998. "Introduction to the Economics of Religion," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 36(3), pages 1465-1495, September.
    3. Victor Ginsburgh & David Throsby, 2006. "Handbook of the Eonomics of Art and Culture," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/152412, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. Aan JAELANI, 2016. "Religion, Economy, and State: Economic Thought of al-Mawardi in Adab al-Dunya wa-al-Din," Journal of Economics Library, KSP Journals, vol. 3(3), pages 508-523, September.
    2. Jaelani, Aan, 2016. "Agama, ekonomi dan negara: Pemikiran ekonomi al-Mawardi pada Adab al-Dunya wa al-Din
      [Religion, Economy, and State: Economic Thought of al-Mawardi in Adab al-Dunya wa-al-Din]
      ," MPRA Paper 76036, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Jan 2017.

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    religiosity; economic development; state; society;

    JEL classification:

    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
    • N3 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy

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