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Unravelling Secularization: An International Study


Pablo Branas-Garza


University of Granada - Departamento de Teoria e Historia Económica

Teresa García-Muñoz


University of Granada - Campus La Cartuja

Shoshana Neuman


Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

January 2008

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6629

Abstract:     
The current study examines individuals who were raised in a certain religion and at some stage of their life left it. Currently, they define their religious affiliation as 'no religion'. A battery of explanatory variables (country-specific ones, personal attributes and marriage variables) was employed to test for the determinants of this decision. It was found that the tendency of individuals to leave their religion is strongly correlated with the degree of strictness of their country and with their spouse's religious characteristics. Moreover, personal socio-demographic features seem to be less relevant.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Church attendance, convert-out, Europe, parental religiosity, prayer, religion

JEL Classification: D13, J12, J13, Z12

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Date posted: June 5, 2008  

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Branas-Garza, Pablo and García-Muñoz, Teresa and Neuman, Shoshana, Unravelling Secularization: An International Study (January 2008). , Vol. , pp. -, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1140558

Contact Information

Pablo Branas-Garza (Contact Author)
University of Granada - Departamento de Teoria e Historia Económica ( email )
Granada, E-18071
Spain
0034958246192 (Phone)
0034958244046 (Fax)
Teresa García-Muñoz
University of Granada - Campus La Cartuja ( email )
Campus La Cartuja
Granada
Spain
Shoshana Neuman
Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )
Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
+972 3 531 8393 (Phone)
+972 3 535 3180 (Fax)

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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