Religious Legitimacy and the Joint Evolution of Culture and InstitutionsBook chapterAlberto Bisin, Avner Seror and Thierry Verdier, In: Advances in the Economics of Religion, JP. Carvalho, S. Iyer and J. Rubin (Eds.), 2019-06, pp. 321-332, Springer International Publishing, 2019

Religious legitimacy is becoming a central concept in historical economics, in comparative studies of the political economy of preindustrial societies in particular. In this short chapter, we provide some preliminary insights on the emergence of religious legitimacy in the context of the general theory of the evolution of institutions and culture. We show that it is the interaction of institutions and culture that is responsible for the most relevant implications of religious legitimacy in terms of economic growth and prosperity.