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Is God in the details? A reexamination of the Role of Relegion in Economic

  • Steven N. Durlauf
  • Andros Kourtelos
  • Chih Ming Tan

Barro and McCleary (2003) is a key research contribution in the new literature exploring the macroeconomic effects of religious beliefs. This paper represents an effort to evaluate the strength of their claims. We evaluate their results in terms of replicability and robustness. While we find that their analysis meets the standard of statistical replicability, we do not find that the results are robust to changes in their baseline statistical specification. Taken together, we conclude that their analysis cannot be taken to provide useable evidence on how religion might affect aggregate outcomes.

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 10-2006.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:10-2006
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