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The economics of regional variation in religious attendance

  • Ian Smith
  • John Sawkins

Developments in modelling the demand for religion have identified both religious human capital and religious market structure as fundamental determinants of levels of formal religious practice. In this paper, these theories are confronted with survey data drawn from 163 regions across 16 countries. Although there are clearly political, historical and other country specific factors that affect levels of participation in organized religion, estimates from modified logit regression equations demonstrate the empirical significance at the regional level of variables suggested by recent innovations in the economics of religious behaviour.

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Volume (Year): 35 (2003)
Issue (Month): 14 ()
Pages: 1577-1588

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