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The Impact of Religiosity on Individual Perception of Wellbeing and Living Standards: A Cross-Cultural Study on the Selected Developing Economies

Version 1 : Received: 13 November 2017 / Approved: 14 November 2017 / Online: 14 November 2017 (06:51:22 CET)

How to cite: Simionescu, M.; Bilan, Y.; Vojtovič, S.; Zapototskyi, S. The Impact of Religiosity on Individual Perception of Wellbeing and Living Standards: A Cross-Cultural Study on the Selected Developing Economies. Preprints 2017, 2017110089 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201711.0089.v1). Simionescu, M.; Bilan, Y.; Vojtovič, S.; Zapototskyi, S. The Impact of Religiosity on Individual Perception of Wellbeing and Living Standards: A Cross-Cultural Study on the Selected Developing Economies. Preprints 2017, 2017110089 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201711.0089.v1).

Abstract

Considering the impact of religiosity on the perceptions regarding life quality, in this paper we focus on the effects of the appurtenance to a religion on the standard of living in several economically developing countries (Turkey, Ukraine, Senegal and Morocco). The data have been collected using a survey carried out in 2012 and the empirical analysis was based on non-parametric tests and multinomial logistic regression. The results indicate there are differences between religious persons and atheists regarding gender, marital status, perceptions of daily life and standards of living. Females and officially married people or single people tend to be more religious. A person claiming to belong to a religion has 2-4-fold more chances to achieve a considerable improvement in the standards of living as compared to an atheist. Moreover, religious people from the analyzed countries are more optimistic about their life overall. Taking into account the sample’s characteristics and the countries chosen, we can claim that the results obtained are truly cross-cultural in nature. Moreover, most of the conclusions reached would be to some extent relevant to other developing economies of Eastern Europe, North Africa and Middle East.

Subject Areas

religion; atheist; standard of living; financial situation

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