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The Role of Religion in Economic and Demographic Behavior in the United States: A Review of the Recent Literature


Evelyn L. Lehrer


University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


IZA Discussion Paper No. 3541

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This paper presents a critical review and synthesis of recent research on the role of religion in economic and demographic behavior in the United States. Relationships reviewed include the effects of religion on investments in human capital, labor supply and wealth accumulation; union formation and dissolution; and fertility. The paper also comments on the growing literature on the implications of religious dissimilarity between the spouses; on two different, possibly countervailing ways in which religiosity may affect demographic and economic behavior; and on the importance of estimating models that allow for possible non-linearities in the effects of religiosity.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: religion, marriage, divorce, education, fertility, female labor supply

JEL Classification: J1, J2

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Date posted: June 16, 2008  

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Lehrer, Evelyn L., The Role of Religion in Economic and Demographic Behavior in the United States: A Review of the Recent Literature. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1145920 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics ( email )
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