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A Model of Religion and Death

Derek Pyne

No 08/06, Papers on Economics of Religion from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: This paper attempts to explain several empirical findings regarding religion. The main one is between religion and the fear of death. Some empirical evidence indicates moderately religious individuals fear death more than either atheists or extremely religious individuals. The model also explains the positive relationship often found between religious activity (e.g. church attendance) and age. It also provides an explanation of the positive relationship between education and religious activity despite a negative relationship between education and religious belief.

Keywords: Fear; death; anxiety; religion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe and nep-soc
Date: 2008-10-26
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