Religion, Religiosity and Educational Attainment of Immigrants to the USA
AbstractThis paper quantifies the association between religions, religiosity and educational attainment of new lawful immigrants to the U.S. This paper considers a broad set of religions that includes most of the major religions of the world. Using data from the New Immigrant Survey (2003), we show that affiliation with religion is not necessarily associated with an increase in educational attainment. Muslim and “Other religion” immigrants have less education compared to the immigrants who are not affiliated with any religion. However, affiliation with the Jewish religion is associated with higher educational attainment for males. With regard to religiosity, our results show that high religiosity is associated with lower educational attainment, especially for females. We also outline alternative frameworks that provide insight about the mechanisms that link religion and religiosity with educational attainment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Economics & University of Nevada, Reno , Department of Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 09-003.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Immigration; Religion; Religiosity; Education;
Other versions of this item:
- Sankar Mukhopadhyay, 2011. "Religion, religiosity and educational attainment of immigrants to the USA," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 539-553, December.
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-12-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2009-12-05 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2009-12-05 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2009-12-05 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-MIG-2009-12-05 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-SOC-2009-12-05 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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