Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

From 2014 to 2016, the Religious Freedom Project's Economic Working Group focused on the impact of religious freedom on economic freedom, political economy, and development. Participating scholars were economists, development specialists, political scientists, and students of Islam with relevant expertise on economic issues. They had a broad regional focus, analyzing issues in the West, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The group analyzed the importance of religious freedom for entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, property rights, the dignity and equality of women in the workforce, family structure and stability, and social mobility in India. This project expanded on work conducted by RFP scholars from 2011 to 2014.

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