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Religiosity as a determinant of happiness

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  • Erich Gundlach

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  • Matthias Opfinger

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We find a U-shaped relation between happiness and religiosity in cross-country panel data after controlling for income levels. At a given level of income, the same level of happiness can be reached with high and low levels of religiosity, but not with intermediate levels. A rise in income causes an increase in happiness along with a decline of religiosity. Our interpretation of the empirical results is that the indifference curves for religiosity and other commodities of the utility function are hump-shaped.

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Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 163.

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Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:163

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Keywords: Happiness; religiosity; utility function; long-run development;

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Cited by:
  1. Kenneth Harttgen & Matthias Opfinger, 2012. "National Identity and Religious Diversity," Research Papers in Economics, University of Trier, Department of Economics 2012-07, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
  2. Matthias Opfinger, 2014. "‘United in Diversity’---Does Social Diversity Increase Subjective?," Research Papers in Economics, University of Trier, Department of Economics 2014-10, University of Trier, Department of Economics.

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