The Economics of Religious Participation: A Cross-Country Study

Ian Smith, J Sawkins, P Seaman

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    Abstract

    Levels of participation in organized religion differ markedly across countries, a stylized fact which has resisted a general theoretical explanation. The claim of this paper is that the international variation in religious attendance can be understood in terms of systematic differences in socio-economic variables. In particular, national religious participation is modelled as a function of investment in religious human capital, social interactions and religious market structure. Using data for eighteen countries derived from the religious questionnaire of the International Social Survey Programme, the empirical significance of these variables is demonstrated by estimating simple regression equations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-43
    Number of pages19
    JournalKyklos
    Volume51
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Keywords

    • CHURCH ATTENDANCE
    • HOUSEHOLD ALLOCATION
    • TIME
    • SECULARIZATION
    • REPLICATION
    • EXTENSION
    • BRITAIN

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