Simultaneous Estimation of Religiosity and Schooling: The Case of Spanish Catholics

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 30.07.2002, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Shoshana Neuman (Bar-Ilan University)


Using a sample of Spanish Catholics, we examine the level of religiosity (measured by beliefs, by prayer and by church attendance) and the relationship between religiosity and a series of socioeconomic variables. A simultaneous estimation of equations of religiosity and schooling shows that: women are more religious than men; religious activity increases with age; there is a positive significant relationship between schooling and religiosity; no relationship between number of children at home and religiosity. The results also demonstrate the importance of the "professional opportunistic motive" for male religious behaviour.

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