Cultural Influences on Economic Analysis: Theory and by Rongxing Guo (auth.)

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2 The East Asian area Most scholars recognize the existence of either a single distinct Chinese culture dating back to 2000 BC or perhaps a thousand years earlier, or two or more Chinese cultures, one succeeding the other in the early centuries. Even though some scholars describe contemporary Japan as a distinct culture, it is also argued that Japan was to a large extent the offspring of Chinese culture, emerging during the period between AD 100 and 400, and in turn influential to some extent on Chinese culture during Japan’s economic upsurge in the twentieth century.

2–6) for land area. Culture as a Tool for Economic Analysis 35 Non-religionists account for the largest share of population,14 followed by Buddhists, Muslims, Western Christians and atheists. 3). It is therefore more appropriate and useful to distinguish the Eastern Orthodox countries as a single culture area, especially for the purpose of drawing political and economic comparisons between them and Western Europe, Asia and the Islamic world. 94 per cent of world population, the Eastern Orthodox area is the least dense culture area in the world, averaging only 14 people to each square kilometre of land.

For example, a country in which a single religion has long been predominant will often show more than 90 per cent of its population to be affiliated, while in actual fact, no more than 10 per cent may actually practise that religion on a regular basis (Britannica Book of the Year, 1998, p. 775). Such a situation often leads to the under-representation of minority religions, blurring of distinctions seen to be significant elsewhere, or double counting in countries where an individual may conscientiously practise more than one ‘religion’ at a time.

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