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dc.contributor.authorCohen-Zada, Dannyen_US
dc.contributor.authorSander, Williamen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-18en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-28T13:56:08Z-
dc.date.available2011-06-28T13:56:08Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/46138-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we first explore how an exogenous increase in the opportunity cost of religious participation affects individuals' religious participation and reported happiness using data from the General Social Survey. The exogenous shift in the cost of religious participation is a result of repealing of so-called blue laws which restrict retail activity on Sundays. We find that repealing blue laws causes a significant decline in the level of religious participation of white women and in their happiness. We do not observe any significant decline in reported happiness of other groups whose religious participation was not significantly affected by repeal. We also use repeal as an instrumental variable (IV) for church attendance and provide direct evidence that church attendance has a significant positive effect on happiness, especially for women.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5198en_US
dc.subject.jelK10en_US
dc.subject.jelJ16en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordreligious participationen_US
dc.subject.keywordhappinessen_US
dc.subject.keywordblue lawsen_US
dc.subject.stwReligionsgemeinschaften_US
dc.subject.stwMitgliedschaften_US
dc.subject.stwOpportunit├Ątskostenen_US
dc.subject.stwZufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleReligious participation versus shopping: What makes people happier?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn659060736en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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