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Is God in the Details? A Reexamination of the Role of Religion in Economic Growth

  • Steven N. Durlauf
  • Andros Kourtellos
  • 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. Overall, their analysis generally meets the standard of statistical replicability, though not perfectly. On the other hand, we do not find that their results are robust to changes in their baseline statistical specification. When model averaging methods are employed to integrate information across alternative statistical specifications, little evidence survives that religious variables help to predict cross-country income differences.

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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 11-2010.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:11-2010
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