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Religion and earnings: Is it good to be an atheist with religious parental background?

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JournalEconomics Letters
DatePublished - 2 Aug 2012
Issue number3
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)905-908
Original languageEnglish


Using German employee data, we find that being raised by two religious parents and having no current religious affiliation is associated with higher earnings. This conforms to the hypothesis that people who are raised religiously and reject religion as adults are economically more successful as they combine a strong internalized work ethic with an increased interest in present consumption (as opposed to afterlife consumption).

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  • Current religious affiliation, Earnings, Parents' religion

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