Religiosity, income and wellbeing in developing countries

Awaworyi Churchill, S, Appau, S and Farrell, L 2019, 'Religiosity, income and wellbeing in developing countries', Empirical Economics, vol. 56, pp. 959-985.


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Title Religiosity, income and wellbeing in developing countries
Author(s) Awaworyi Churchill, S
Appau, S
Farrell, L
Year 2019
Journal name Empirical Economics
Volume number 56
Start page 959
End page 985
Total pages 27
Publisher Springer
Abstract This study examines the relationship between religiosity, income and subjective wellbeing in a sample of developing countries using data from the World Values Survey Waves 2-6 (1990-2014). Beyond examining the effects of religiosity and income on subjective wellbeing separately and independently, we also examine how the interaction between religiosity and income affects wellbeing. Our results suggest that while both religiosity and income positively affect wellbeing, the effect of income on wellbeing is relatively stronger (quantitatively larger in size) than the effects of religiosity. Furthermore, we find evidence in favour of complementarity between religiosity and income which show stronger effects on wellbeing than the individual effects of income and religiosity.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Developing countries
Income
Life satisfaction
Religion
Religiosity
Wellbeing
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s00181-017-1380-9
Copyright notice © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2017
ISSN 1435-8921
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