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Religious background and educational attainment: The effects of Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism

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    The effects of Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism on educational attainment in the United States are examined. OLS estimates of educational attainment and Probit estimates of college attainment are undertaken. It is shown that Islam and Judaism have similar positive effects on attainment relative to Protestants and Catholics. The effect of Buddhism is specific to respondents who were living in the United States at age sixteen and/or were born in the United States. Data from the National Opinion Research Center's "General Social Survey: 1998-2008" are used.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 489-493

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:29:y:2010:i:3:p:489-493

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    Keywords: Educational attainment Religion Buddhism Islam Judaism;

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    1. Oosterbeek, Hessel & van der Klaauw, Bas, 2013. "Ramadan, fasting and educational outcomes," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 219-226.

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