People's Opium? Religion and Economic Attitudes

  title={People's Opium? Religion and Economic Attitudes},
  author={Luigi Guiso and Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales},
  journal={Development Economics: Macroeconomic Issues in Developing Economies eJournal},
Since Max Weber, there has been an active debate on the impact of religion on people's economic attitudes. Much of the existing evidence, however, is based on cross-country studies in which this impact is confounded by differences in other institutional factors. We use the World Values Surveys to identify the relationship between intensity of religious beliefs and economic attitudes, controlling for country fixed effects. We study several economic attitudes toward cooperation, the government… Expand
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