Predestination and the protestant ethic

Authors: Larbi Alaoui and Alvaro Sandroni

Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 16, No 1, 45-76, February, 2018

This paper relates the secular premise that accumulating wealth is a moral obligation and the religious dogma that salvation is immutable and preordained by God. It thus formalizes Weber's renowned thesis on the connection between the worldly asceticism of Protestants and the religious doctrines of Calvinism.

This paper originally appeared as Barcelona GSE Working Paper 679