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Religiosity: A comparison between Latin Europe and Latin America


  • Ianina Rossi

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Máximo Rossi

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)


We present a brief discussion about religious behavior from a microeconomic perspective considering individual decisions about church attendance and its frequency in some Latin European and American countries. With this aim, we analyze the links between individuals’ religiosity and several socioeconomic variables. We confirmed that Uruguayans are the least religious. We also found that religious activity is more intense for women and older people, and the education level has an ambiguous effect on the intensity of religious activity. In addition, we find that richer people are more religious, but countries with higher income per capita are less religious.

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  • Ianina Rossi & Máximo Rossi, 2008. "Religiosity: A comparison between Latin Europe and Latin America," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 1108, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:1108

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    church attendance; religious activity; religion and socioeconomic variables;

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    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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