Defined as “the view that a person's duty is to achieve success through hard work and thrift, such success being a sign that one is saved”, the existence of a Protestant Work Ethic has long been the subject of debate.

A recent study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization shows that unemployment causes 40% more psychic harm to Protestants than anyone else. Moreover, people living in Protestant societies are hurt more by being unemployed than people living in other societies.

This revealing research came from a study analysing 150,000 people in a total of 82 societies. An analysis of the data reveals the intrinsic rewards derived from adopting a Protestant Work Ethic.

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