Murray State University

Poster Title

STUDY 2: Does Socio-Economic Status Impact the Choice of Religion or Denomination?

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Murray State University

Abstract

While economics and religion may seem to have little in common, a growing body of research attempts to both better understand the connection between economics and religion and to use the methods of economics to understand religious behavior and choices. This project had three primary goals: 1. To understand the socioeconomic characteristics of various Christian denominations to determine if different denominations attract adherents of different socio-economic status. 2. To examine the behavior of those who switch denominational affiliation to determine if switching behavior is related to changes in socio-economic status. 3. To understand the impact of inter-faith marriage on women’s labor and marriage choices.

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STUDY 2: Does Socio-Economic Status Impact the Choice of Religion or Denomination?

While economics and religion may seem to have little in common, a growing body of research attempts to both better understand the connection between economics and religion and to use the methods of economics to understand religious behavior and choices. This project had three primary goals: 1. To understand the socioeconomic characteristics of various Christian denominations to determine if different denominations attract adherents of different socio-economic status. 2. To examine the behavior of those who switch denominational affiliation to determine if switching behavior is related to changes in socio-economic status. 3. To understand the impact of inter-faith marriage on women’s labor and marriage choices.