Libertarian sighted at the Daily Beast

Ooops, I mean cited, not sighted:

Nor was it the case that there was a direct correlation between Protestant countries and prosperity. In a paper published in the journal Social Forces Jacques Delacroix and Francois Nielsen conclude that “there is little empirical support” for the common interpretation of Weber’s Protestant Work Ethic. This idea probably comes “from selected anecdotal evidence fortified… by the perceived well-being of contemporary Protestant countries.” In other words, Protestantism does not make people rich even if, in some cases, Protestants think that it does.

Rest the rest. h/t Uncle Terry

Oh, and Mark has an essay up on institutions over at Aeon that ties in well with the Daily Beast piece.

Don’t forget about the back-and-forth between Mark and Bruno on the Protestant Reformation here at NOL: Part one (Bruno), part two (Mark), and part three (Bruno).

Around the Web

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  4. The Wealth of Subnations: Geography, Institutions, and Within-Country Development (pdf) (h/t Adrián)
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  6. The new economic history of Africa (pdf)