Sunday, April 26, 2015

"Do Strong Religious Beliefs Stifle Innovation?"

According to one paper, yes (WSJ). I'd be curious to see if the particular religion plays a role:

The relationship is apparent when plotting the percent of the population that describes itself as religious against a population-controlled measure of patent applications filed by a country’s residents.

The relationship broadly holds up when the authors make adjustments for differences in gross domestic product, rates of higher education, population and other variables. So it’s not simply a matter of more religious countries being poorer or having fewer resources, Mr. BĂ©nabou said in an interview.

“We’re not making strong claims as to what is causing what,” he said. “The pattern is there and people can offer their own explanation to the pattern.”

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