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Religiosity as a determinant of happiness

Erich Gundlach () and Matthias Opfinger ()

No 163, GIGA Working Paper Series from GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

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.

Keywords: Happiness; religiosity; utility function; long-run development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-hap, nep-ltv and nep-soc
Date: 2011-04
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