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I don't know. McCloskey writes in "Bourgeois Dignity" that institutions are necessary but not sufficient. What's necessary is adoption of the bourgeois values.

"Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress" by Lawrence E. Harrison and Samuel P. Huntington argues that culture determines institutions and religion determines culture.

Helmut Schoeck argues in "Envy: A Theory of Social Behavior" that growth can't happen until envy is restrained and that required Christianity.

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