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The Invention of Religion in Japan.


Average income correlates negatively with (self-defined) religiosity.[108]Main article: Economics of religionFurther information: Religion and business and Wealth and religion

One study has found there is a negative correlation between self-defined religiosity and the wealth of nations.[152] In other words, the richer a nation is, the less likely its inhabitants to call themselves religious, whatever this word means to them (Many people identify themselves as part of a religion (not irreligion) but do not self-identify as religious).[152]

Sociologist and political economist Max Weber has argued that Protestant Christian countries are wealthier because of their Protestant work ethic.[153]

According to a study from 2015, Christians hold the largest amount of wealth (55% of the total world wealth), followed by Muslims (5.8%), Hindus (3.3%) and Jews (1.1%). According to the same study it was found that adherents under the classification Irreligion or other religions hold about 34.8% of the total global wealth