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Unravelling Secularization: An International Study

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  • Brañas-Garza, Pablo

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    (Middlesex University Business School, London)

  • García Muñoz, Teresa

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    (Universidad de Granada)

  • Neuman, Shoshana

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    (Bar-Ilan University)

Abstract

The current study examines individuals who were raised in a certain religion and at some stage of their life left it. Currently, they define their religious affiliation as ‘no religion’. A battery of explanatory variables (country-specific ones, personal attributes and marriage variables) was employed to test for the determinants of this decision. It was found that the tendency of individuals to leave their religion is strongly correlated with the degree of strictness of their country and with their spouse's religious characteristics. Moreover, personal socio-demographic features seem to be less relevant.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3251.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Keywords: prayer; religion; convert-out; church attendance; parental religiosity; Europe;

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  1. Alberto Bisin & Thierry Verdier, 2010. "The Economics of Cultural Transmission and Socialization," NBER Working Papers 16512, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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