The Effect of Income on Religiousness

22 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2014

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Thomas Buser

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE)

Date Written: May 23, 2014

Abstract

How does income affect religiousness? Using self-collected survey data, we estimate the effects of income on religious behaviour. As a source of exogenous income variation we use a change in the eligibility criteria for a government cash transfer in Ecuador and apply a regression discontinuity strategy to estimate causal effects. We find significant effects of income on religiousness. Households that earn more go to church more often. Households that earn more are also more likely to be members of an evangelical community rather than of the mainstream catholic church.

Keywords: religion, income effects, regression discontinuity

JEL Classification: Z120

Suggested Citation

Buser, Thomas, The Effect of Income on Religiousness (May 23, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4801, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2457834

Thomas Buser (Contact Author)

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