Economics of Faith, Race, and Community: Programming (June 21-28)


How exactly does religion inform decision making? Is a causal interpretation possible? This week, I begin to program into Stata with the Pew Research data. On Tuesday, I had to do some programming in Stata to calculate the religious density: to do so, I collapsed the data for the number of people of a religion […]

Economics of Faith, Race, and Community: Reframing (June 13-20)

Turns out, I don’t have geographical information in the GSS, which is what Gruber used to predict religious attendance using religious market density. Gruber uses geographical data to compute religious market density to then predict religious attendance. He then uses that religious market density from the GSS to predict outcomes in IPUMS–he computes predicted religious […]

Economics of Religion: Race, Faith, and Community – Abstract

As religion informs the values and beliefs of many Americans, religion plays a role in economic development. Previous research already shows that certain aspects of communities affect economic outcomes; this research project seeks to determine the distinct role of religious communities in influencing economic outcomes like education and income levels. Drawing upon the previous work of Jonathan Gruber (2005), whose […]