Young Women's Religious Affiliation and Participation as Determinants of High School Completion

37 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2005

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Evelyn L. Lehrer

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

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

The far-reaching consequences of failing to complete secondary schooling are well known. The central questions addressed in this study are: Does religion make a difference in the likelihood of successfully completing the transition to high school graduation? If so, how large are the influences? Based on a human capital framework, the paper develops hypotheses about the effects of two dimensions of religion during childhood - affiliation and participation - and tests them with data on non-Hispanic white, African-American, and Hispanic female respondents from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth. The results are generally consistent with the hypotheses, revealing sizeable differentials in high school graduation rates by affiliation and participation. The results also uncover pronounced differences by race/ethnicity.

Keywords: religion, education

JEL Classification: J24, J15, J22

Suggested Citation

Lehrer, Evelyn L., Young Women's Religious Affiliation and Participation as Determinants of High School Completion (October 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1818, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=840766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.840766

Evelyn L. Lehrer (Contact Author)

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