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Praying for a Recession: The Business Cycle and Protestant Religiosity in the United States


David Beckworth


Texas State University

January 20, 2009


Abstract:     
Some observers believe the business cycle influences religiosity. This possibility is explored in this paper by empirically examining the relationship between macroeconomic conditions and religious participation by U.S. Protestants. The findings of this paper suggest that there is a strong countercyclical component to religious participation in evangelical Protestant denominations while for mainline Protestants there is on balance a procyclical component to religious participation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Religiosity, Church Attendance, Business Cycle, Economic Conditions, Recession, Yield Curve, Protestant Church Growth

JEL Classification: E32, J22

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Date posted: March 9, 2008 ; Last revised: January 22, 2009

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Beckworth, David, Praying for a Recession: The Business Cycle and Protestant Religiosity in the United States (January 20, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1103142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1103142

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Texas State University ( email )
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San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
United States
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