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ERIC Number: ED417243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
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Religiosity and Schooling.
Loury, Linda Datcher
This paper examines the effect of a particular type of social capital, that associated with religiosity, on total years of schooling. Past work on these effects has been limited to a study of the differences between denominations. This paper uses data from the High School and Beyond Sophomore Cohort, a nationally representative sample of 1980 high school sophomores from 984 high schools. The original study and followup in 1982 and 1986 included questions about participation in church activities and schooling. Findings show that church attendance and the importance of religion in one's life have large and significant effects on schooling that are not captured by differences in denomination. The size of the effect is comparable to substantial increases in family background measures, such as a father's schooling. The impact of estimated effects of religiosity are slightly higher for blacks than whites, and for women is compared to men. Results suggest that previous work has greatly understated the overall role of religiosity on schooling. This also implies that omitting nonmonetary characteristics of background such as religiosity overstates the relative importance of structural and financial barriers or advantages, and that a potentially fruitful source of improvement in the lives of low-income populations is through church and other religious activities. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for New Black Leadership, Washington, DC.