The power of religion

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The power of religion. / Bentzen, Jeanet Sinding; Gokmen, Gunes .

I: Journal of Economic Growth, 28.08.2022.

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Bentzen, JS & Gokmen, G 2022, 'The power of religion', Journal of Economic Growth.

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Bentzen, J. S., & Gokmen, G. (2022). The power of religion. Journal of Economic Growth.

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Bentzen JS, Gokmen G. The power of religion. Journal of Economic Growth. 2022 aug. 28.

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Bentzen, Jeanet Sinding ; Gokmen, Gunes . / The power of religion. I: Journal of Economic Growth. 2022.

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