Religion, religiosity and educational attainment of immigrants to the USA
- Sankar Mukhopadhyay
- … show all 1 hide
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
This paper quantifies the association between religions, religiosity and educational attainment of new lawful immigrants to the US. This paper considers a broad set of religions that includes most of the major religions of the world. Using data from the New Immigrant Survey (2003), we show that affiliation with religion is not necessarily associated with an increase in educational attainment. Muslim and “Other religion” immigrants have less education compared to the immigrants who are not affiliated with any religion. However, affiliation with the Jewish religion is associated with higher educational attainment for males. With regard to religiosity, our results show that high religiosity is associated with lower educational attainment, especially for females. We also outline alternative frameworks that provide insight about the mechanisms that link religion and religiosity with educational attainment.
- Becker, G. S. (1967). Human capital and the personal distribution of income, Woytinsky Lecture No. 1. Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan Press.
- Becker, GS, Chiswick, BR (1966) Education and the distribution of earnings. American Economic Review 56: pp. 358-369
- Bohn, S. E. (2009). The quantity and quality of new immigrants to the US. Review of Economics of the household (forthcoming).
- Borjas, G (1985) Assimilation, changes in cohort quality, and the earnings of immigrants. Journal of Labor Economics 3: pp. 463-489 CrossRef
- Chiswick, B (1988) Differences in education and earnings across racial and ethnic groups: Tastes, discrimination, and investments in child quality. Quarterly Journal of Economics 103: pp. 571-597 CrossRef
- Chiswick, B., & Lofstrom, M. (2009). The labor market adjustment of immigrants. Review of Economics of the household (forthcoming).
- Darnell, A, Sherkat, DE (1997) The impact of Protestant fundamentalism on educational attainment. American Sociological Review 62: pp. 306-315 CrossRef
- Freeman, RB Who escapes? The relation of churchgoing and other background factors to the socioeconomic performance of black male youths from inner-city tracts. In: Freeman, RB, Holzer, HJ eds. (1986) The black youth employment crisis. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, pp. 353-376
- Glass, J. (1999). Growing up fundamentalist: Effects on women’s early life course transitions and adult attainment. Presented at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America, New York City.
- Gruber, J. (2005). Religious market structure, religious participation, and outcomes: Is religion good for you? Advances in Economic Analysis and Policy, 5(1), Article 5. http://www.bepress.com/bejeap/advances/vol5/iss1/art5.
- Keysar, AA, Kosmin, BA (1995) The impact of religious identification on differences in educational attainment among American women in 1990. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34: pp. 49-62 CrossRef
- Lehrer, EL (1999) Religion as a determinant of educational attainment: An economic perspective. Social Science Research 28: pp. 358-379 CrossRef
- Lehrer, EL (2004) Religiosity as a determinant of educational attainment: The case of conservative Protestant women in the United States. The Review of Economics of the Household 2: pp. 203-219 CrossRef
- Lehrer, EL (2006) Religion and high-school graduation: a comparative analysis of patterns for white and black young women. The Review of Economics of the Household 4: pp. 277-293 CrossRef
- Muller, C, Ellison, CG (2001) Religious involvement, social capital, adolescents’ academic progress: Evidence from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988. Sociological Focus 34: pp. 155-183
- Regnerus, MD (2000) Shaping schooling success: Religious socialization and educational outcomes in metropolitan public schools. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 39: pp. 363-370 CrossRef
- Sherkat, DE, Darnell, A (1999) The effects of parents’ fundamentalism on children’s educational attainment: Examining differences by gender and children’s fundamentalism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 38: pp. 23-35 CrossRef
- Religion, religiosity and educational attainment of immigrants to the USA
Review of Economics of the Household
Volume 9, Issue 4 , pp 539-553
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Springer US
- Additional Links
- Industry Sectors
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Department of Economics, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, 89557, USA