Differences in Characteristics ofReligious Groups in India: As Seen From Household Survey Data
Characteristics of religious groups are an important area that needs to be studied in order to improve the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing the fertility rate. This paper analyzes the socio-economic characteristics of the religious groups, Hinduism, Muslim, Christianity, and Sikhism, by using a large micro level household survey data set for India. The paper analyzes the characteristics among religious groups not only in terms of averages of religious households but also by using regression models. According to the results of the analyses, there are considerable differences in the socio-economic characteristics among religions. What factors lead to these different characteristics is an important question to be addressed in future studies. The results of this study imply that different policies are needed for different religious groups in order to improve their household conditions and wellbeing.
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