Religion and earnings: Evidence from Germany

Sinnewe, Elisabeth, Kortt, Michael, & Steen, Todd (2016) Religion and earnings: Evidence from Germany. International Journal of Social Economics, 43(8), pp. 841-855.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to estimate the association between religious affiliation and the rate of return to human capital for German men and women.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper employs data from the 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2011 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel for German men and women in full-time employment between the age of 25 and 54. The association between religious affiliation and wages was estimated using a conventional human capital model.

Findings – This paper finds that Catholic men (women) received a wage premium of 4 per cent (3 per cent) relative to their Protestant counterparts, even after controlling for an extensive range of demographic, economic and social characteristics.

Originality/value – The study contributes to the literature by providing – to the best of the authors’ knowledge – the first results on the wage premium received by Catholic men and women in the German labour market.

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ID Code: 99766
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: wages, religion, Germany
DOI: 10.1108/IJSE-08-2014-0172
ISSN: 0306-8293
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2016 00:53
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 21:25

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