Today’s rulers of the three largest Middle Eastern economies all look to religious authorities as a key source of legitimacy. Drawing on a broad sweep of historical analysis, this column explores what this might mean for the region’s economic future. One notable danger is that the types of people who would push for policies that promote long-run growth are excluded from the political bargaining table.
Jared RubinChapman University
Jared Rubin is an Associate Professor at The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society, both at Chapman University. He is an economic historian interested in the relationships between political and religious institutions and their role in economic development. He graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2007 and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2002.