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Quem acredita em Deus? testando o modelo de Durkin e Greeley de escolha racional envolvendo incerteza
[Who believes in God? testing the model's Durkin and Greeley to Brazil]

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  • Oliveira, Livio Luiz Soares de
  • Neto, Giácomo Balbinotto
  • Cortes, Renan Xavier
  • Schmidt, Lucas

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One of the most important models of rational choice to religion is the one presented by Durkin and Greeley. The authors base the problem of uncertainty of religious choice in Pascal's wager as a problem of maximizing expected utility and faith as an insurance In this paper, we test the hypotheses of the model with research data on the frequency of religious Religion Project Brazil 2002. Two dependent variables were used in the tests: attendance and religious faith. Both were positively influenced by the age of individuals and the fact that both spouses have the same religion. The religious attendance was positively correlated with belief in God, with belief in the afterlife, with religious attendance of theirs parents, and to remain in the religion of origin

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 45091.

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Date of creation: 14 Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45091

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Keywords: Rational Choice; religious choice; religion; religious attendance; faith;

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  1. Ekelund, Robert Jr. & Hebert, Robert F. & Tollison, Robert D., 1992. "The economics of sin and redemption : Purgatory as a market-pull innovation?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 1-15, September.
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