Economic Historian Discusses Politics, Religion
Jared Rubin, an economic historian interested in the Middle East and Western Europe, studies the relationship between political and religious institutions and their role in economic development.
Rubin visits Alma College to discuss “God, Power and Printing: The Roots of Economic Success and Stagnation in Europe and the Middle East” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the Dow Science Center Room L-1. Admission is free and open to the public.
An assistant professor at Chapman University, Rubin is the associate director of Chapman’s Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society and the former executive director of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture.
“Dr. Rubin’s academic work has appeared in many economic journals, and he is currently writing a book on the long-run economic consequences of differing political and religious institutions in the Middle East and Western Europe,” says Feler Bose, assistant professor of economics at Alma College.
“Among the general points he will discuss in his lecture are these questions: Why did Middle Eastern economies fall behind European ones despite the Middle East being far ahead as recently as 800 years ago? And what role, if any, did religious institutions play in the divergence?” says Bose.
Rubin has a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Posted: Mon, March 18th, 2013 at 9:29AM