Add This to the List of Benefits Enjoyed by Church-Goers

A study from MIT has shown that "doubling the frequency of attendance leads to a 9.1 percent increase in household income." The study is being released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in a paper entitled, "Religious Market Structure, Religious Participation, and Outcomes: Is Religion Good for You?" Increased church going also correlated "to higher levels of education and income, lower levels of welfare receipt and disability, higher levels of marriage and lower levels of divorce."

The abstract of the study is availale at the NBER site.

The NBER also offers additional explanation as to the study's conclusions and methods.

Sounds good to me, though I doubt my ability to actually double what I am doing now.

Comments

John Rush said…
No wonder all preachers are filthy rich! They're at church all the time!

(Just joking. I'm a preacher...)

JRush
Layman said…
J,

I'm sure preachers and pastors have exceeded the point of diminishing returns. :)

Chris

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