Unravelling Secularization: An International Study

29 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2008  

Pablo Brañas-Garza

Middlesex University - Economics Department

Teresa García-Muñoz

University of Granada - Campus La Cartuja

Shoshana Neuman

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

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Date Written: January 2008

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.

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

JEL Classification: D13, J12, J13, Z12

Suggested Citation

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

Pablo Brañas-Garza (Contact Author)

Middlesex University - Economics Department ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

Teresa García-Muñoz

University of Granada - Campus La Cartuja ( email )

Campus La Cartuja
Granada
Spain

Shoshana Neuman

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
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+972 3 535 3180 (Fax)

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