Religion in Economic History: A Survey

  title={Religion in Economic History: A Survey},
  author={Sascha O. Becker and Jared Rubin and L. Woessmann},
  journal={CEPR Discussion Paper Series},
Abstract This chapter surveys the recent social science literature on religion in economic history, covering both socioeconomic causes and consequences of religion. Following the rapidly growing literature, it focuses on the three main monotheisms—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and on the period up to WWII. Works on Judaism address Jewish occupational specialization, human capital, emancipation, and the causes and consequences of Jewish persecution. One set of papers on Christianity studies… Expand