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ERIC Number: ED518961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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The Effect of Education on Religion: Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Laws. NBER Working Paper No. 16973
Hungerman, Daniel M.
National Bureau of Economic Research
For over a century, social scientists have debated how educational attainment impacts religious belief. In this paper, I use Canadian compulsory schooling laws to identify the relationship between completed schooling and later religiosity. I find that higher levels of education lead to lower levels of religious participation later in life. An additional year of education leads to a 4-percentage-point decline in the likelihood that an individual identifies with any religious tradition; the estimates suggest that increases in schooling can explain most of the large rise in non-affiliation in Canada in recent decades.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: Canada