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Religion, attitudes towards working mothers and women’s labor market participation: Evidence for Germany, Ireland, and the UK

  • Guido Heineck

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Department of Statistics and Empirical Economics)

Religion as a determinant of individuals’ behavior has only recently found its way in the economic literature. In this analysis, four waves of ISSP-data covering the time between 1991 and 2002 are used to examine the relationship between religion and attitudes towards working mothers across (West and East) Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Further, using sub-samples of married individuals, the study addresses whether these attitudes along with religious involvement are related to wives’ labor market participation. Results suggest that religious affiliation and participation correlate positively with traditional attitudes and that those attitudes are negatively associated with female labor participation. Beyond that, religion has only modest additional explaining power.

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Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series Papers on Economics of Religion with number 07/03.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:gra:paoner:07/03
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