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Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth

Roland Bénabou, Davide Ticchi, Andrea Vindigni

NBER Working Paper No. 21105
Issued in April 2015

---- Acknowledgements ----

We are grateful for valuable discussions and suggestions to Alberto Alesina, Eric Chaney, Will Dobbie, Massimo Firpo, Luigi Guiso, John Klopfer, Rachel Kranton, Gilat Levy, Marco Marini, Joel Mokyr, Alireza Naghavi, Ronny Razin, Paul Romer, Julio Rotemberg, Mohamed Saleh, Moses Shayo, Ken Scheve, Simone Scotti, Andrei Shleifer, Guido Tabellini and Joachim Voth; and for helpful comments to seminar and conference participants at Bocconi University, CalTech, CIFAR, Columbia University, EIEF (Rome), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Sciences Po., Stanford University, Chicago Booth, the University of Zurich, the Workshop on Political Economy, Economic History, and Religion at WZB (Berlin), the Berlekey-HAAS Conference on Political Economy, the NBER Political Economy Meeting, the NBER Economic Growth and Fluctuations Meeting and the Wallis Conference on Political Economy at Rochester University. Alessandro Belmonte, Carlo Dal Maso and Doron Ravid provided outstanding research assistance. Bénabou gratefully acknowledges financial support from CIFAR, Ticchi from the MIUR (PRIN 2009) and Vindigni from CRISIS LAB and Collegio Carlo Alberto, as well as hospitality from MIT and EIEF. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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