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God and the Global Economy: Religion and Attitudes Toward Trade and Immigration in the United States

  • Joseph Daniels

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    (Department of Economics, Marquette University)

  • Marc von der Ruhr

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    (Department of Economics, Saint Norbert College)

Using the results of a national identity survey, we test the impact of religious affiliation on trade and immigration-policy preferences of U.S. residents while controlling for individual level of skill, political ideology, and other important demographic characteristics. Our results show that religion is an important determinant of international-policy preferences as individuals who are pre-Vatican II Catholic or members of fundamentalist Protestant are more likely to prefer policies that restrict imports and immigration. Religiosity, in contrast, has a seperate effect on moderating attitudes toward immigration. In addition, we find evidence of denominational effects among African Americans in that members of fundamentalist denominations tend to favor policies that restrict imports while others do not, implying that statistical results commonly attributed to racial effects may actually be a religious effect.

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Paper provided by Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics in its series Working Papers and Research with number 0501.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Publication status: Published in the Socio-Economic Review, Vol 3, 2005, pages 467-489
Handle: RePEc:mrq:wpaper:0501
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