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Religiosity as a determinant of happiness

  • Erich Gundlach

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  • Matthias Opfinger

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We find a U-shaped relation between happiness and religiosity in cross-country panel data after controlling for income levels. At a given level of income, the same level of happiness can be reached with high and low levels of religiosity, but not with intermediate levels. A rise in income causes an increase in happiness along with a decline of religiosity. Our interpretation of the empirical results is that the indifference curves for religiosity and other commodities of the utility function are hump-shaped.

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Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 163.

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Date of creation: Apr 2011
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