Moral culture and innovation in Europe (March 2018)

Civil Society in a broad sense
The case of Europe/ European Union
Education and Innovation

In this article, we argue that variations in innovation capacity are systematically linked to variations in moral culture. To prove it, we collect a wide array of national-level indicators of moral culture for the EU15, a group of Western European countries, and correlate them with an output measure of innovation, a triadic patent rate per million inhabitants. Our results suggest that the more the individuals of a country cultivate a set of inter-related intellectual and moral virtues, the greater the country’s output of productive innovation.


The paper was written in 2012 but not published then.