Rachel McCleary

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Rachel M. McCleary is Lecturer, Economics Department, Harvard University,[1] Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution,[2] Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.[3]


McCleary holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University, and a B.A. from Indiana University.

McCleary's work is interdisciplinary with theoretical grounding in the fields of political science, sociology, and economics. Within these disciplines, she conducts research on the political economy of religion. Her research focuses on how religion interacts with economic performance and the political and social behavior of individuals and institutions across societies. McCleary studies how religious beliefs and practices influence productivity, economic growth, and the maintenance of political institutions such as democracy. Her and her husband's work was cited in the March 25, 2013 edition of Bloomberg.[4]

McCleary is married to economist Robert Barro.



  • The Wealth of Religions: The Political Economy of Believing and Belonging," (co-author Robert Barro). (Princeton University Press, 2019);
  • Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion (editor). (Oxford University Press, 2011);
  • Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy since 1939 to Present (Oxford University Press 2009) and Winner of the Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy (2010);
  • Dictating Democracy: Guatemala and the End of Violent Revolution (University Press of Florida, 1999–English; Artemis-Edinter 1999–Spanish);
  • Seeking Justice: Ethics and International Affairs (Boulder: Westview Press, 1992).

Journal articles and book chapters[edit]

Working papers[edit]

  • "Protestantism and Human Capital in Guatemala and the Republic of Korea", Asian Development Bank Working Paper Series, No. 332, January 2013.


  1. ^ "Rachel McCleary Harvard University Bio". Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Rachel McCleary Hoover Institution Bio". Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ "American Enterprise Institute Bio". Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Pope Francis Should Look East to End Poverty". Bloomberg. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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