Religious and cultural practices have major implications for a Country’s economic performance. However, it is not clear if the institutionalization of these social norms within a country’s legal system causes material economic effects. In this study I show this to be the case. By employing the synthetic control methodology to mitigate endogeneity concerns, I show that the institutionalization of Sharia Law within a Muslim-majority country’s legal system causes material economic costs. Results hold in different settings, confirming that the governmental enforcement of existing social norms constrain individuals’ social and economic freedom, ultimately resulting in worsened economic outcomes.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2022|