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Economic Growth And The Separation Of Church And State: The French Case

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  • RAPHA�L FRANCK

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"This article provides a test of the secularization hypothesis, which argues that economic growth, industrialization, increased literacy, and low fertility decrease religiosity. It focuses on the elections of the secular politicians who voted in favor of the separation between Church and State in the French Parliament in 1905. If the secularization hypothesis is correct, these secular politicians should have been elected in the most developed areas of France at the turn of the twentieth century. Contrary to the predictions of the secularization hypothesis, we find that the support for secular politicians originated in the rural areas of France." ("JEL" Z12, D72, N43) Copyright (c) 2009 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 48 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 841-859

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:48:y:2010:i:4:p:841-859

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Cited by:
  1. Sascha O. Becker & Markus Nagler & Ludger Woessmann, 2014. "Education Promoted Secularization," CESifo Working Paper Series 4684, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Raphaël Franck & Laurence Iannaccone, 2014. "Religious decline in the 20th century West: testing alternative explanations," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 159(3), pages 385-414, June.

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