Unravelling Secularization: An International Study

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Pablo Brañas-Garza

Universidad Loyola Andalucia

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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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: religion, convert-out, church attendance, prayer, parental religiosity, Europe

JEL Classification: Z12, J12, J13, D13

Suggested Citation

Brañas-Garza, Pablo and García-Muñoz, Teresa and Neuman, Shoshana, Unravelling Secularization: An International Study. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3251, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294508 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Teresa García-Muñoz

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Shoshana Neuman

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

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