More specifically, a call for economists to more formally study this question. Some of you might find this amusing. Among other things it suggests that FAMILY VALUES (the ethnic family values to be more precise) are probably a bit part of that. source Up from the Shtetl Forced by racist laws and cultures to find new markets and business models Already thinking like internationalists rather than parochialists Given by culturation to respect education and deferred gratification They were both prepared for, and channeled into the SERVICE Economy which has been replacing and dominating economic activity since the dawn of the Industrial revolution Now, I recognize that the above is a simply explanation and needs additional formal economic study. Likewise, I accept that the above sinmple explanations also won't suit those whose presuppositions about Jews are based on a kneejerking hatred for that tribe However, those of us not given to ethnic conceits and prejudices will recognize that much of what the JEWS were FORCED by history to learn, coupled with that cultures propensity to seek education, will see that the JEWISH ETHNIC of the emerging industrializiong Europe and the West was already the IDEAL preparation to take advantage of the CHANGING conditions in economics and the business models that served the emerging MODERN POST INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY. Oh yeah, one more point for those of you given to reading books like the BELL CURVE? The fact that statistically Jews average about 15 IQ points higher than the median are likely to have something to do with this outcome in the last 150 years. OR....... one can assume that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion explains it all. Take your pick, folks. You can choose to study history and consider the logic implications of it, or you can join our resident NAZIs who are more satisfied with a conspiracy theory.