Religious people are more wealthy

In answer to Islamist concern about maintaing religion in the face of economic growth comes a new study that finds that people who attend religious services regularly build more wealth than those who fail to do so and that their are wide disparaties in wealth production accross religions.

The study suggests that different religions train their adherent in different wealth building behavior and that attending religions services furnishes greater opportunities for social networking. I would add that religions endow their adherents with additional social capital that they can use to cooperate and achieve public goods more efficiently than they could as unaffiliated individuals. For more on why this social capital is important see the end of the enlightenment..

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