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National Aggregates and Individual Disaffiliation: An International Study

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  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

    (Universidad de Granada)

  • Teresa García-Muñoz

    (Universidad de Granada)

  • Shoshana Neuman

    () (Department of Economics Bar-Ilan University)

Abstract

Using a data set of 15,000 subjects from 32 western countries, the current study examines individuals who were raised in a certain religion and at some stage of their lives left it. Currently, they define their religious affiliation as ‘no religion’. A battery of explanatory variables (country-specific, personal attributes and marriage variables) was employed to test for determinants of this decision. It was found that the tendency of individuals to leave their religion is strongly correlated with the degree of religious diversity of their country and with their spouse's religious characteristics. Moreover, personal socio-demographic features seem to be less relevant.

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  • Pablo Brañas-Garza & Teresa García-Muñoz & Shoshana Neuman, 2009. "National Aggregates and Individual Disaffiliation: An International Study," Working Papers 2009-22, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:biu:wpaper:2009-22
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    Keywords

    religion; national aggregates; disaffiliation;

    JEL classification:

    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation

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