360. Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real?

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  • Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to prove if he was right. All it took were some missionary experiments in the Philippines and a clever map-matching trick that goes back to 16th-century Germany.
  • James Choi @ Yale
  • Lots of suggested evidence but not much convincing
  • 80% of the planet is religious
  • Experiment in the Philippines
  • Very poor people earned more money as a result of religious instruction
  • Why? Optimism and grit