The Economic Performance of Civilizations: Roles of Culture, Religion, and the Law
The purpose of this conference is to make progress toward identifying and isolating the effects of religion, cultures and legal systems on the economic trajectories of civilizations. The participants belong to several disciplines and they vary greatly in geographic emphasis. The civilizations to be studied comparatively include those of East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Contexts to be emphasized include commercial organizations, public finance, state formation, property rights and industrial organizations. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.
Session IV: The Puzzle of Economic Underdevelopment in Africa
Jean-Philippe Platteau, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Research on the Economics of Development, University of Namur (Belgium) Is Culture an Obstacle to African Economic Development?
Ghislaine Lydon, University California at Los Angeles A Paper Economy of Faith without Faith in Paper: A Contribution to Understanding the Roots of Islamic Institutional Stagnation