November 16, 2005


It's True: Churchgoers are Wealthier: An Economist Finds a Statistical Correlation Between Income and Religious Service Attendance (DAVID R. FRANCIS, Nov. 15, 2005, ABC News)

[A]n economist has found a statistical correlation between attending church (or temple or mosque) and a "better economic outcome."

On average, his paper notes, a household with double the rate of religious attendance as another household has 9.1 percent more income. That extra participation in religious activity correlates with 16 percent less welfare participation than the usual rate, 4 percent lower odds of being divorced and 4.4 percent increased chances of being married.

The paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, does not investigate whether religiosity creates these results. Its author, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber, says he's "not validating" that God has anything to do with the extra prosperity. "I can't dispute it either," Gruber added.

Well, you'd hardly expect the pathological to be high functioning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2005 8:38 AM
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