Amid resurging theological and pastoral interest in faith and vocation, a study from a July 2013 economic journal points to quantifiable evidence of Protestants' commitment to hard work.

The results come from a worldwide look at the psychological impact of unemployment. The reasoning is that the more deeply an unemployed person feels the impact of their joblessness, the stronger their underlying internal motivation to work. The harder it is to be unemployed for you, the better your work ethic probably is.

"Analyzing a sample of 150,000 individuals from 82 societies, we find strong support for a Protestant work ethic: unemployment hurts Protestants more and hurts more in Protestant societies … Extensive checks show effects indeed derive from an intrinsic appreciation of work."

More over at the Harvard Business Review.

Say researchers André van Hoorn and Robbert Maseland "The psychic harm from unemployment is about 40% worse for Protestants than for the general population"

Leadership Journal regularly discusses work, including publishing an entire issue on vocation and callings earlier this year. Don't miss this article on a Christian history of work.

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