The Protestant Ethic Reexamined: Calvinism and Industrialization

  title={The Protestant Ethic Reexamined: Calvinism and Industrialization},
  author={Jeremy S. Spater and Isak Tranvik},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1963 - 1994}
Can cultural differences affect economic change? Max Weber famously argued that ascetic Protestants’ religious commitments—specifically their work ethic—inspired them to develop capitalist economic systems conducive to rapid economic change. Yet today, scholars continue to debate the empirical validity of Weber’s claims, which address a vibrant literature in political economy on the relationship between culture and economic change. We revisit the link between religion and economic change in… 
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