The Evolution Of Secularization: Cultural Transmission, Religion And Fertility Theory, Simulations And Evidence

This paper presents an evolutionary process of secularization that integrates a theoretical model, simulations, and an empirical estimation that employs data from 32 countries (included in the International Social Survey Program: Religion II - ISSP, 1998). Following Bisin and Verdier (2000, 2001a), it is assumed that cultural/social norms are transmitted from one generation to the next one via two venues: Direct socialization - across generations, by parents; and oblique socialization - within generations, by the community and cultural environment. This paper focuses on the transmission of religious norms and in particular on the 'Religious taste for children'.

Provided by: Bar-Ilan University Topic: CXO Date Added: Jun 2010 Format: PDF

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