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A Model of Religion and Death

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  • Derek Pyne

    (Department of Economics. University of Waterloo, Canada)

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    This paper attempts to explain several empirical findings regarding religion. The main one is between religion and the fear of death. Some empirical evidence indicates moderately religious individuals fear death more than either atheists or extremely religious individuals. The model also explains the positive relationship often found between religious activity (e.g. church attendance) and age. It also provides an explanation of the positive relationship between education and religious activity despite a negative relationship between education and religious belief.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series Papers on Economics of Religion with number 08/06.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: 26 Oct 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:gra:paoner:08/06

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    Keywords: Fear; death; anxiety; religion;

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    Cited by:
    1. Teresa García-Muñoz, 2010. "Incentives in religious performance: a stochastic dominance approach," Papers on Economics of Religion 10/02, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..

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