The wage effects of being raised in the catholic religion: Does religion matter?

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Abstract

This paper provides new empirical evidence about the existence of a Catholic wage premium. A simple allocation-of-time model provides two explanations for the observation that those persons raised in the Catholic religion earn more than their non-Catholic counterparts. The Catholic religion may add to a person's stock of human capital and/or it may act as a signal of desirable labor market characteristics such as discipline, honesty, trustworthiness, and high motivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)X-432
JournalAmerican Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2000

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