Unravelling Secularization: An International Study
Middlesex University - Economics Department
University of Granada - Campus La Cartuja
Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6629
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
Date posted: June 5, 2008
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