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Vanishing effect of religion on the labor market participation of European women

Religion and the traditional role model it conveys affects female labor market participation: Studies show that the likelihood of employment is lower for Catholic, Christian-Orthodox, and Muslim women compared to their Protestant peers. However, the influence of religious-conservative values may well … Continue reading

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Carmel Chiswick on the effect of economic choices for religious traditions

In a video interview, IZA Fellow Carmel U. Chiswick (George Washington University) talks about the link between economic choices and religious traditions. She states how economic incentives can be the context for religious traditions and what the economic choices are … Continue reading

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Capitalism and religion: Protestant work ethic fosters entrepreneurship in Switzerland

As the German sociologist Max Weber said back in 1904, the rise of capitalism is closely linked to the emergence of Protestantism. Individualism and the Protestant work ethic fits well with the principles of the market economy. In  a new … Continue reading

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More schooling makes women less likely to vote for Islamic parties

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are characterized by low levels of per capita income, democracy and education, but a high level of religiosity. Excluding Cyprus and Israel, the predominant religion in these countries is Islam. In … Continue reading

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God knows everything: Religious people are less likely to lie for the money

 Honesty plays a very important role in economic life. It affects the productivity of employees who are not constantly monitored by their bosses as well as the willingness to pay taxes. Sometimes people face situations in which being honest is … Continue reading

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Ora et non labora? A test of the impact of religion on female labor supply

Religious norms on family formation and the respective roles of husband and wife are likely to influence labor market outcomes – in particular female labor supply behavior. A new IZA discussion paper by Francesco Pastore and Simona Tenaglia examines the … Continue reading

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