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Religion and work ethic

by Marinello, Samantha Lynn

Creator
  • Marinello, Samantha Lynn
Date Created
2011
Date Issued
2011
Place
Colorado Springs, Colo
Language
  • English
Subject
Topic
Genre
  • thesis
Abstract

The role of culture in economic activities and outcomes is a subject debated mainly in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and political science. Recently, more economists are applying economic theory to engender new models that incorporate various aspects of culture, including widespread beliefs, values, and attitudes. Adding cultural variables to economic models has the potential to develop a better understanding of consumer choices on a microeconomics level. In addition, beliefs, attitudes, and values have the potential to explain differences in economic policies, growth, and activities on an international level. This thesis contributes to existing economic literature by 1) constructing a utility function for work ethic that includes religious and demographic variables, and 2) utilizing an Ordinary Least Squares regression with data from the World Values Survey. Controlling for socioeconomic status, income, health, education level, urbanization level, gender, and religious participation across 13 countries, religious denomination is not significant in determining work ethic. However, with the addition of interaction terms between religious denominations and demographic variables, certain religions have a significantly higher or lower work ethic than Protestants. In addition, almost all demographic variables are significant predictors of work ethic.

Note

bachelor

Bachelor of Arts

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:3421
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
95 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Johnson, Daniel
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2011