Rhetoric or reality? An economic analysis of the effects of religion in Sweden

@inproceedings{Berggren1997RhetoricOR,
  title={Rhetoric or reality? An economic analysis of the effects of religion in Sweden},
  author={Niclas Berggren},
  year={1997}
}
The present paper begins by outlining a theoretical, rational- choice approach to understanding how religious beliefs and affiliations might influence the behavior of individuals. This influence arises from an expectation that the god in question punishes certain forms of action and from social reprimands of devotees. In particular, four specific types of behavior are investigated: the divorce, abortion, non-payment, and children- born-out-of-wedlock rates. It is demonstrated why it is to be… CONTINUE READING

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