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Divine Economics

Prof Richard B. Freeman

Prof Richard B. Freeman

Thursday 29 September, 2016

Professor of Economics, Harvard University Faculty Director NBER USA (Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics)

When the Quaid-i-Azam University first asked if I would be an outsider reviewer of the PhD thesis version of this book, I thought, why not? The topic was interesting and the approach was empirical. That the research was done by a young Pakistani PhD candidate in Kashmir made it all the more intriguing. There are disadvantages to working outside the major universities of the world but there is also an opportunity to think things through independently and creatively. I was impressed with the painstaking effort to conduct an original survey on households in Pakistan to test propositions about how religiosity affected behavior at a time when there was relatively little analysis of the issues in economics and when studies used limited questions (how many times one attends religious services, belief in an Almighty) from standard surveys rather than developing new data.