Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102229
Authors: 
Buser, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4801
Abstract: 
How does income affect religiousness? Using self-collected survey data, we estimate the effects of income on religious behaviour. As a source of exogenous income variation we use a change in the eligibility criteria for a government cash transfer in Ecuador and apply a regression discontinuity strategy to estimate causal effects. We find significant effects of income on religiousness. Households that earn more go to church more often. Households that earn more are also more likely to be members of an evangelical community rather than of the mainstream catholic church.
Subjects: 
religion
income effects
regression discontinuity
JEL: 
Z12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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