Religion and Economic Growth: The Relationship between “Independent” and “Dependent” Variables
If religion is a social entity, its social variables also have two types: “independent variable” and “dependent variable”. Studying the relationship between these two variables can help identify the interaction between religion and socio-political and economic factors. From a theoretical and methodological perspective, the paper examines religious economics as both an independent and dependent variable in spatial models of secularism, religious markets and economic development. Four speciﬁ c research issues analyzed hereafter include religious and economic beliefs, secularism and religious economy, religious market and religious economy, conﬂ ict and cooperation in the ﬁ eld of religious economy.
Received 17 July 2019; published 5 November 2019