Education, Social Mobility, and Religious Movements: The Islamic Revival in Egypt

@inproceedings{Binzel2017EducationSM,
  title={Education, Social Mobility, and Religious Movements: The Islamic Revival in Egypt},
  author={Christine Binzel and Jean{\^a}€ Paul Carvalho},
  year={2017}
}
Muslim societies have been reshaped in recent decades by an Islamic revival. We document a contemporaneous decline in social mobility among educated youth in Egypt, the epicenter of the movement in the Arab world. We then develop a model to show how an unexpected decline in social mobility combined with inequality can produce a religious revival led by the educated middle class. The principal idea is that religion helps individuals to cope with unfulfilled aspirations by adjusting their… CONTINUE READING
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