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Hierarchical Religions and Female Education

Seth Norton and Annette Tomal

Journal of Human Capital, 2017, vol. 11, issue 4, 487 - 507

Abstract: The paper examines education, gender, and hierarchical religions, building on work by La Porta and colleagues, who document perverse economic effects for hierarchical religions. Using the Barro-Lee data set for 97 countries and including religion and control variables, we find few effects for hierarchical religions on female education but negative effects on female education and the gender gap for the proportions of ethnoreligious, Hindu, and Muslim adherents in the sample countries. Similar results hold for panel data for 1970–99. The paper offers some interpretative thoughts and research agendas.

Date: 2017
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