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Religion and innovation

Bénabou, Roland and Ticchi, Davide and Vindigni, Andrea Religion and innovation. American Economic Review, 105 (5). pp. 346-351. ISSN 0002-8282 (2015)

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In earlier work we identified a robust negative association between religiosity and patents per capita, holding across countries as well as US states. In this paper we relate 11 indicators of individual openness to innovation (e.g., attitudes toward science and technology, new versus old ideas, change, risk taking, agency, imagination, and independence in children) to 5 measures of religiosity, including beliefs and attendance. We use five waves of the World Values Survey and control for sociodemographics, country and year fixed effects. Across the 52 regressions, greater religiosity is almost uniformly associated to less favorable views of innovation, with high significance.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.p20151032
Uncontrolled Keywords: JEL codes: O31, O34, Z12 - Keywords: Intellectual property, Religion, Cultural economics, Innovation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 11:55
Last Modified: 20 May 2015 11:55
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/2692

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