Christian Ethics, Formal Institutions, and Economic Growth

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Christians have a moral obligation to help the poor and destitute, and many Christians argue that we must exercise our moral obligation by, for example, redistributing income or by enacting price controls and minimum wages. Christians must proceed with caution when prescribing such policies: the resulting changes in incentives embodied in changed formal institutions may in fact work to the detriment of “the least of these” among us.

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Christianity, development, institutions, growth, ethics, redistribution

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Carden A., (2007) “Christian Ethics, Formal Institutions, and Economic Growth”, American Review of Political Economy 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.38024/arpe.95

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Art Carden (Rhodes College)

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