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Religiosity and Labour Earnings in Canadian Provinces

Maryam Dilmaghani ()

Journal of Labor Research, 2017, vol. 38, issue 1, 82-99

Abstract: Abstract Using recent data from the Canadian General Social Survey, I examine how religious belief and practice relate to labour earnings in Canada. Noting that religious landscape strongly varies across Canadian provinces, I explore whether these discrepancies are reflected in the association of wages and religiosity indicators, for men and women. Moreover, I identify two groups of individuals, one without any tie with religion and spirituality, and the other shaping their lives around them. I find that males belonging to the least religious group earn significantly below otherwise identical individuals in the high affiliation province of Newfoundland, while they enjoy a ceteris paribus wage premium in the low religiosity provinces of British Columbia and Québec. Females of the most religious group, on the other hand, are found at a disadvantage in the Canadian west, where affiliation with Conservative Protestantism is more prevalent.

Keywords: Religiosity; Wage; Gender; Canada (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J31 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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