20 Pages Posted: 8 May 2016
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: Suggested Citation
Wadsworth, Allyssa A and Walker, Jay K., Religiosity and the Impact of Religious Secondary Schooling (May 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776816