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dc.contributor.authorOpfinger, Matthiasen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-03T13:11:47Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-03T13:11:47Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/37135-
dc.description.abstractDespite all economic and social transitions that have occurred in the last centuries we still find that people go to church. Somehow religious beliefs have not vanished over time. Since there is no material reward for going to church or praying religiosity has to create utility through other means. It could raise peoples' personal well-being. In this paper we use information from the World Values Survey about subjective happiness and life satisfaction. We relate this information to revealed religiosity and measure if religiosity makes people happier. We use different methods and also control for economic factors, family matters, health, and democracy. The key finding is that there seems to be a U-shaped relationship between personal well-being and religiosity, especially so for happiness. This result is consistent throughout all our estimations. Our analysis also gives hints that higher income might lead to higher subjective well-being.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherKiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) Kielen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesKiel advanced studies working papers 455en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordPersonal well-beingen_US
dc.subject.keywordhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordlife satisfactionen_US
dc.subject.keywordreligiosityen_US
dc.subject.keywordU-shaped relationshipen_US
dc.subject.stwReligionen_US
dc.subject.stwLebenszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwLebensstandarden_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwWelten_US
dc.titleReligiosity and personal well-being: People can be happy with or without religionen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn627765211en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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