Okulicz-Kozaryn: DOI 10.18536/bcce.2015.

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Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2015). The more religiosity, the less creativity across US counties. Business Creativity and the Creative Economy, 1(1), 81-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.18536/bcce.2015.

The More Religiosity, the Less Creativity Across US Counties

Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


It is not an overstatement to say that creativity is the single most important ingredient for broadly understood progress (technological, economic, social, academic, and so forth). Rapid automation makes creativity increasingly important, because non-creative tasks can and will be automated. It is striking that there are hardly any studies about the link between religiosity and creativity. Religion is a powerful and persistent force shaping human society. This study investigated the relationship between religiosity and creativity across counties in the United States. Religiosity was measured as adherence and church density. Creativity was measured as a proportion of people in occupations classified as creative and patents per capita. Results indicate that religious counties are less creative, even controlling for education, income, political orientation, urban-rural continuum, and prevalent industry. Directions for future research are discussed.