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Values, Beliefs and Development

  • Jeffry Jacob

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    (St. John’s University)

  • Thomas Osang

    ()

    (SMU)

This paper investigates the consequences of religion for economic development. In particular, we examine whether religious attitudes, beliefs, participation and preference contribute to differences in per capita income across countries. Using a large scale international survey on values and religious behavior, we estimate both cross-section and panel data models, controlling for the “deep determinants” of development: Institutions, geography and trade. Our results indicate that religion plays an important role in economic development, but mostly in a non-linear manner. Countries with moderate religious values and behavior tend to have higher income levels than countries on both ends of the religious spectrum.

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Paper provided by Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 0705.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:smu:ecowpa:705
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