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

24 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2008  

Evelyn L. Lehrer

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: J1, J2

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1145920 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Evelyn L. Lehrer (Contact Author)

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

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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