Religiosity and the Impact of Religious Secondary Schooling

20 Pages Posted: 8 May 2016

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Allyssa Wadsworth

Niagara University

Jay K. Walker

Old Dominion University - Economics

Date Written: May 6, 2016


Using a nationally representative longitudinal survey and incorporating propensity score matching methods, we follow secondary school students post-graduation to determine how Catholic and private religious schooling impacts religiosity. There is an established literature examining the Catholic school impact on collegiate and labor market outcomes, although many families may choose Catholic or private religious schooling in efforts to instill religiosity. Both Catholic and private religious secondary schooling are effective at increasing religious participation shortly after high school graduation, although as time progresses the effects of Catholic and private school attendance are positive although less consistent. The largest and most robust finding is for male Catholic school attendees.

Keywords: Catholic, religion, religiosity, secondary schooling

JEL Classification: I21, Z12

Suggested Citation

Wadsworth, Allyssa and Walker, Jay K., Religiosity and the Impact of Religious Secondary Schooling (May 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Allyssa Wadsworth

Niagara University ( email )

Niagara University, NY 14109
United States

Jay K. Walker (Contact Author)

Old Dominion University - Economics ( email )

Norfolk, VA 23529
United States


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