Many pundits hold that for non-Western societies to modernize, they must adopt the individualist ethos that led to the rise of the West. But this view ignores key differences between material and cosmological beliefs, and how those differences have shaped economic development around the globe.

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Other Independent Review articles by Deepak K. Lal
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