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Education, religion, and voter preference in a Muslim country

Resul Cesur () and Naci Mocan ()
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Naci Mocan: Louisiana State University, NBER and IZA

Journal of Population Economics, 2018, vol. 31, issue 1, No 1, 44 pages

Abstract: Abstract Using a unique survey of adults in Turkey, we find that an increase in educational attainment, due to an exogenous secular education reform, decreased women’s propensity to identify themselves as religious, lowered their tendency to wear a religious head cover (head scarf, turban, or burka) and increased the tendency for modernity. We also find that education has a negative impact on women’s propensity to vote for Islamic parties. The effect of female education on religiosity is driven by those who reside in urban areas. There is no statistically significant impact of education on male religiosity and tendency to vote for Islamic parties. Increased education does not influence the propensity to cast a vote in national elections for either men or women.

Keywords: Education; Religion; Women; Education reform; Secularism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 J0 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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