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The Earnings of American Jewish Men: Human Capital, Denomination and Religiosity

35 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2006  

Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jidong Huang

School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

This paper analyzes the determinants of the earnings of American Jewish men using the 2000/01 National Jewish Population Survey. Non-response to the question on earnings is analyzed. Earnings are related to conventional human capital variables, as well as Jewish-specific variables. Except for the size of place and region variables, the standard human capital variables have similar effects for Jews and the general population. Jewish day schooling as a youth enhances earnings. Earnings vary by denomination, with Conservative Jews earning the most. The effect on earnings of religiosity (measured by synagogue attendance) is not monotonic. Earnings are highest for those who attend only once a week.

Keywords: earnings, Jews, religion, denomination

JEL Classification: J31, J15, Z12, C81

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Huang, Jidong, The Earnings of American Jewish Men: Human Capital, Denomination and Religiosity (September 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2301. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=933031

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Jidong Huang

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