Project on Religion and Economic Change


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In order to measure the influence of religion on the economy at the community level, PREC builds on decades of qualitative analyses and field studies which point to an association between religious conversion and improved economic status among the poor in Latin America. As the largest nation in the region and with a fascinating religious history, Brazil was an ideal candidate for this portion of the analysis.

We linked five waves of Brazilian census data (1960-2000) to evaluate how the role of religion and religious conversions might alter the economic situation of persons living in various communities over time. This will represent the first longitudinal study on this topic for Latin America.

Population Research Center
The University of Texas at Austin
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Funded by the Templeton Foundation and the Metanexus Institute