Public Choice

, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 201–215 | Cite as

Religion, liberty and economic development: An empirical investigation

  • Fred Glahe
  • Frank Vorhies


The empirical investigations conducted for this paper show that one can not accept the null hypothesis that religion and liberty are not related to development. Judeo-Christianity in particular appears to an important determinant of economic development. This is explained in part by its fostering of the private ownership of property. Nations with the Judeo-Christian values are more likely to have political democracies that are conductive to economic development. Capitalist economies with Judeo-Christian democracy are more likely to have higher levels of economic development.


Null Hypothesis Economic Development Important Determinant Public Finance Empirical Investigation 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Glahe
    • 1
  • Frank Vorhies
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulder
  2. 2.Department of Business EconomicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandWitsRepublic of South Africa

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