Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129096
Authors: 
Strulik, Holger
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research 273
Abstract: 
In this paper I consider how individuals allocate their time between church attendance (and other religious activities) and secular leisure activities. Moreover individuals use a cognitive style, which is either intuitive-believing or reflective-analytical. I assume that the full benefit from religious activities is achieved by intuitive believers. The model predicts that, ceteris paribus, wealthier individuals and individuals with higher cognitive ability are more likely to abandon the intuitive-believing cognitive style. They may continue to attend church but do so less frequently than intuitive believers. In general equilibrium, there exists a locally stable steady state where believing and frequent church attendance is widespread across the social strata. A sufficiently large negative shock (e.g. the Enlightenment, repeal of Sunday shopping laws), however, initiates the gradual secularization of society.
Subjects: 
religiosity
church attendance
cognitive style
consumerism
fuzzy fidelity
JEL: 
N30
D11
Z12
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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