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Nov 17

Religious Faith and Economic Growth: What Matters Most – Belief or Belonging?

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

One of the longest and most important debates in public policy swirls around the question: Why do some countries have rapidly growing economies and others do not? Much of the new economic research attempts to explain these differences in growth rates as stemming from differences in institutional and cultural factors. A new line of work concentrates on the role of religious belief and religious institutions in the relative success of economies. What's more important, believing or belonging? Are economies filled with people pondering their eternal state more or less likely to succeed economically, or does organized religion hold the key to economic growth?

Few researchers have had as much success in explaining the role of institutions and values to economic growth as has Professor Robert Barro. From his regular Wall Street Journal columns to his extensive academic research, he has connected institutional, cultural, and economic factors to explain differences in growth rates.

Please join us as Professor Barro explores the relationship between religion and economic growth at this public lecture sponsored by The Heritage Foundation's Center for Religion and Civil Society.

More About the Speakers

Robert Barro
Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University