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Immigrants and Religion

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  • Chiswick, Carmel U.

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    Religious considerations affect the decision to immigrate as well as the choice of destination country, and religious behaviors change as immigrants adjust to the economic context of their new country. This paper considers the interaction between the Economics of Religion and the Economics of Immigration, and distinguishes between religiosity per se and an immigrant's religious identity (affiliation). Religious groups are described as quasi-enclaves and immigrant churches as a subset of these. Rising full prices (wage rates) and incomes during the adjustment process affect the religious behavior of immigrants. Religious institutions (referred to as churches) also respond to systematic changes in the religious behaviors of their members.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8092.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2014
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    Publication status: forthcoming in: Handbook of the Economics of International Migration, Vol. 1 (Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller, eds.), Elsevier 2014
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8092

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    Keywords: international migration; immigrant adjustment; quasi-enclave; immigrant church; religiosity; religion; social change;

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    1. Chiswick, Carmel U., 2006. "The Economic Determinants of Ethnic Assimilation," IZA Discussion Papers 2212, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Azzi, Corry & Ehrenberg, Ronald G, 1975. "Household Allocation of Time and Church Attendance," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 83(1), pages 27-56, February.
    3. Chiswick, Carmel U., 2010. "Egalitarian Religion and Economics," IZA Discussion Papers 4904, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Evelyn Lehrer & Carmel Chiswick, 1993. "Religion as a determinant of marital stability," Demography, Springer, Springer, vol. 30(3), pages 385-404, August.
    5. Laurence R. Iannaccone, 1998. "Corrigenda [Introduction to the Economics of Religion]," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 36(4), pages 1941-1941, December.
    6. Lehrer, Evelyn L., 2004. "Religion as a Determinant of Economic and Demographic Behavior in the United States," IZA Discussion Papers 1390, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    7. Iannaccone, Laurence R, 1992. "Sacrifice and Stigma: Reducing Free-Riding in Cults, Communes, and Other Collectives," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 100(2), pages 271-91, April.
    8. Chiswick, Carmel U., 2005. "An Economic Perspective on Religious Education: Complements and Substitutes in a Human Capital Portfolio," IZA Discussion Papers 1456, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    9. Laurence R. Iannaccone, 1998. "Introduction to the Economics of Religion," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 36(3), pages 1465-1495, September.
    10. Chiswick, Carmel U., 2010. "Economics and Religion," IZA Discussion Papers 4868, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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