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Title:Religiosity as a determinant of happiness PDF Logo
Authors:Opfinger, Matthias
Gundlach, Erich
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 63
Abstract:We find a U-shaped relation between happiness and religiosity in cross-country panel data after controlling for income levels. At a given level of income, the same level of happiness can be reached with high and low levels of religiosity, but not with intermediate levels. A rise in income causes an increase in happiness along with a decline of religiosity. Our interpretation of the empirical results is that the indifference curves for religiosity and other commodities of the utility function are hump-shaped.
Subjects:Happiness
religiosity
utility function
long-run development
JEL:I31
Z12
O11
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2011 (Berlin)
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