The Religious Transition. A Long-run Perspective
AbstractWe use the largest common factor in 14 items reported in the World Values Surveys as a robust measure of religiosity. This measure is held to identify the importance of religion in all aspects of people's life. The level of religiosity differs by about 50 percentage points between rich and poor countries. We interpret the change in religiosity in terms of demand and supply. Most components of the demand for religion are reduced by rising levels of per capita income. Rising per capita income also reduces the role of religious institutions as suppliers of core collective goods. Aspects of demand and supply are integrated in a CES production function framework that explains the direction of causality in the observed negative correlation between the level of per capita income and religiosity.
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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Religiosity; economic development; transition; collective goods; biogeography;
Other versions of this item:
- Erich Gundlach & Martin Paldam, 2009. "The religious transition - A long-run perspective," Economics Working Papers 2009-15, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
- Martin Paldam & Erich Gundlach, 2009. "The Religious Transition. A Long-run Perspective," Kiel Working Papers 1576, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
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