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Religion and Earnings: Is It Good to Be an Atheist with Religious Parental Background?

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  • Thomas Cornelissen
  • Uwe Jirjahn

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Using German employee data, we find that being raised by two religious parents and having no current religious affiliation is associated with higher earnings. This conforms to the hypothesis that people who are raised religiously and reject religion as adults are economically more successful as they combine a strong, internalized work ethic with an increased interest in present consumption (as opposed to afterlife consumption).

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Paper provided by University of Trier, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2012-03.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:trr:wpaper:201203

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Keywords: Parents’ religion; current religious affiliation; earnings;

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  1. Bruno, Bruna & Fiorillo, Damiano, 2013. "Voluntary work and labour income," MPRA Paper 43995, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Bruna Bruno & Damiano Fiorillo, 2014. "Voluntary work and wages," EERI Research Paper Series EERI RP 2014/05, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.

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