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Does religiosity explain economic outcomes?

Olga Popova

IZA World of Labor, 2017, No 335, 335

Abstract: Most religions in transition economies were marginalized by their former communist regimes. Today, some of these countries are experiencing a revival of religiosity, while others are prone to secularization. Religious norms affect individual decision making with respect to human capital investment, economic reforms, marital stability, employment, and other contexts. This implies that the interests of both religious and non-religious communities may differ and must be taken into account when designing and implementing economic policies, which is a challenge for policymakers.

Keywords: religion and religiosity; secularization; economic behavior; transition economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 I31 O17 P36 P52 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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