Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/88668
Authors: 
Cornelissen, Thomas
Jirjahn, Uwe
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Research Papers in Economics 3/12
Abstract: 
Using German employee data, we find that being raised by two religious parents and having no current religious affiliation is associated with higher earnings. This conforms to the hypothesis that people who are raised religiously and reject religion as adults are economically more successful as they combine a strong, internalized work ethic with an increased interest in present consumption (as opposed to afterlife consumption).
Subjects: 
Parents’ religion
current religious affiliation
earnings
JEL: 
A13
J31
Z12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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