Department of Economics and Business Economics

An essay on the Muslim Gap. Religiosity and the political system

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The paper analyzes 3 main trends: (t1) The economic development in the Muslim world is slower
than in the rest of the world. (t2) The world grows increasingly democratic due to rising incomes,
but this trend does not affect the Muslim world. (t3) The world grows increasingly secular due to
rising incomes, but this trend is much weaker in the Muslim world. The difference in (t1) is
smaller than necessary to explain (t2) and (t3). It is demon-strated that the data contains
two economic convergence clubs: The Western club and the Arab one. The non Arab Muslim countries
follow the path of other non-Western countries, though at a lower level. Further, it is demonstrated
that Muslims deviate as to religiosity, family life values and as to the preference for religion in politics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • Muslim gap to West, income, democracy, religiosity

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