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PREFACEvi
1. EXPLAINING ECONOMIC GROWTH1

The Problem. General Explanations of Cultural Growth and Decline. Explanations in Economic Terms. The Need for Psychological and Sociological Explanations of Psychological and Sociological Explanations of Economic Growth. Testing Explanations of Economic Growth. Testing a Particular Explanation: The Relation of Population Growth to Economic Development.

2. THE ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVE: HOW IT IS MEASURED AND ITS ECONOMIC EFFECTS36

Assessing Human Motives. Measuring the Achievement Motive. Forming the Key Hypothesis: the Effects of the Protestant Reformation on n Achievement. Preliminary Evidence for Linkages between Protestantism, n Achievement, and Economic Development. Plan of the Research Investigation.

3. ACHIEVING SOCIETIES IN THE MODERN WORLD63

Entrepreneurship in Preliterate Cultures. Using Children's Stories to Assess Motivation Levels among Contemporary Nations. Assembling the Sample of Children's Stories. Coding the Children's Stories. Comparing Levels of n Achievement in Readers and Individuals. Measuring Economic Growth in Terms of Real National Income. Alternative Methods of Measuring Rates of Economic Growth. Electric Power Produced as a Measure of Economic Growth. Comparing Rates of Growth. National Levels of n Achievement in 1925 and Subsequent Rates of Economic Growth. National Levels of n Achievement in 1950 and Subsequent Rates of Economic Growth. Characteristics of Achievement-Related Stories from Countries Growing More or Less Rapidly Economically.

4. ACHIEVING SOCIETIES IN THE PAST107

Ancient Greece, Method, Results, and Further Evidence. Spain in the Late Middle Ages. England from Tudor Times to the Industrial Revolution. The Wesleyan Revival, n Achievement and Economic Growth. Achievement Motivation in the United States. An Archaeological Investigation: Pre-Incan Peru.

5. OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT159

n Affiliation and Population Growth. n Power and Dictatorship. The Values Coding Scheme. Value Attitudes that Should Promote Economic Development. Value Attitudes Actually Associated with Economic Development: antitradi-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - Explaining Economic Growth 1
  • 2 - The Achievement Motive: How it is Measured and Its Possible Economic Effects 36
  • 3 - Achieving Societies in the Modern World 63
  • 4 - Achieving Societies in the Past 107
  • 5 - Other Psychological Factors in Economic Development 159
  • 6 - Entrepreneurial Behavior 205
  • 7 - Characteristics of Entrepreneurs 259
  • 8 - The Spirit of Hermes 301
  • 9 - Sources of N Achievement 336
  • 10 - Accelerating Economic Growth 391
  • References 439
  • Appendices 451
  • Appendix I 453
  • Appendix II 461
  • Appendix III 464
  • Appendix IV 475
  • Appendix V 488
  • Appendix VI 492
  • Appendix VII 494
  • List of Tables 499
  • Index 503
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