L’Observatoire des religions

Religion and International Trade

Estimating the Institutional and Network Effect of religious Cultures on International Trade,

samedi 3 mai 2008 par Joshua J. Lewer and Hendrik Van den Berg

Economists have increasingly emphasized the rôle of institutions in shaping économic activity. Among the many studies on institutions, however, there has been relatively little resarch on the économic rôle of religion in modefrn societies or in recent episodes of économic growth and change. This lack of research is suprising because religious practices, traditions, and philosophies are important components of national cultures that shape institutions. Religious cultures are clearly legitimate subjects for scientific study. This paper contributes to the research on the économic impact of religious cultures and religious institutions by examining the empirical relationship between religious cultures and international trade.

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