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The impacts of religion, political ideology, and social capital on religious and secular giving: evidence from the 2006 Social Capital Community Survey


  • Kevin F. Forbes
  • Ernest M. Zampelli


Using a double hurdle model and data from the 2006 Social Capital Community Survey (SCCS2006) we examine religious and secular giving, focusing on the impacts of religion, political ideology and social capital. Our main results indicate that greater participation in religious activities positively impacts religious and secular giving, the intensity of religious belief increases religious giving at the expense of secular giving, religious giving by very conservative individuals is higher than for other ideological groups, and measures of social capital are very important in raising the level and likelihood of philanthropic giving.

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  • Kevin F. Forbes & Ernest M. Zampelli, 2013. "The impacts of religion, political ideology, and social capital on religious and secular giving: evidence from the 2006 Social Capital Community Survey," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(17), pages 2481-2490, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:45:y:2013:i:17:p:2481-2490
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2012.667555

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