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Unravelling Secularization: an International Study

  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

    ()

    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada)

  • Teresa García-Muñoz

    (Departamento de Métodos Cuantitativos para la Economía y la Empresa - Universidad de Granada)

  • Shoshana Neuman

    ()

    (Departament of Economics, Bar-Ilan University)

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

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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 07/05.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:gra:paoner:07/05
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