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Economics of Religious Participation in the Rural South

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  • Anil Rupasingha

    (University of Kentucky)

  • David Freshwater

    (University of Kentucky)

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This paper analyzes individuals' religious behavior from an economic perspective to explain religious behavior among residents of the rural South of the United States. Religious participation decisions of individuals in the rural South are analyzed within an allocation of time framework. Empirical estimation uses an ordered probit model and survey data collected from a sample of residents of the rural South. Results show that economic variables as well as noneconomic variables account for variation in religiosity. An individual's age, educational attainment, sex, marital status, race, income, faith in God and afterlife, intensity of belief, and civic participation are strongly associated with religious participation.

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  • Anil Rupasingha & David Freshwater, 2001. "Economics of Religious Participation in the Rural South," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 29(3), pages 256-271, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:29:y:1999:i:3:p:256-271
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