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Modeling Religious Behavior and Economic Outcome: Is the Relationship Bicausal? Evidence from a Survey of Mississippi Households

20 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2008  

Kathleen Arano

Fort Hays State University

Benjamin F. Blair

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics

Abstract

This paper examines simultaneity between religious intensity and income. Most of the literature to date has examined either the impact of religion on economic outcomes or the impact of economic outcomes on religious activities. Our estimation offers evidence of a bicausal relationship. We find frequency of attendance to religious services is a normal good; low-income households are less likely to be active in religious activities; and low-religious intensity households are less likely to be in the high-income category.

Keywords: religious studies, economic outcomes, human capital

JEL Classification: Z12, D12

Suggested Citation

Arano, Kathleen and Blair, Benjamin F., Modeling Religious Behavior and Economic Outcome: Is the Relationship Bicausal? Evidence from a Survey of Mississippi Households. Journal of Socio-Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1140766

Kathleen Arano (Contact Author)

Fort Hays State University ( email )

Hays, KS 67601
United States
785-628-4107 (Phone)

Benjamin F. Blair

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics ( email )

McCool Hall, Room 321
P.O. Box 9580
Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States
662-325-1980 (Phone)
662-325-1977 (Fax)

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