The Effect of Income on Religiousness
22 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2014
Date Written: May 23, 2014
How does income affect religiousness? Using self-collected survey data, we estimate the effects of income on religious behaviour. As a source of exogenous income variation we use a change in the eligibility criteria for a government cash transfer in Ecuador and apply a regression discontinuity strategy to estimate causal effects. We find significant effects of income on religiousness. Households that earn more go to church more often. Households that earn more are also more likely to be members of an evangelical community rather than of the mainstream catholic church.
Keywords: religion, income effects, regression discontinuity
JEL Classification: Z120
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