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Religiosity, Market Economics, Civil Society: Comparisons of 60 Societies

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This chapter compares 60 societies around the world through preliminary statistical analyses, and shows the differences between societies with regard to religiosity, non-religiosity, atheism, as well as attitudes towards favorable factors with free market economics such as private ownership of business, responsibility of people to provide for themselves, income equality, and competition, as well as confidence in traditional, modern, and post-modern civil society organizations. Descriptive statistics of religious denominations, education, sex, age, and income will also be added as control variables. Country-level comparisons present a comparative global perspective of three types of religious societies, namely predominantly Islamic societies, predominantly Christian societies, and predominantly Buddhist, Hindu, and folk-religion societies. Lastly, multilevel descriptive data summarizes the most important statistics of both macro-level and micro-level variables for all 60 compared societies.

Keywords: atheism; Buddhist society; Christian societies; free market economics; Hindu society; income equality; Islamic societies; post-modern civil society organizations; preliminary statistical analyses; religious denominations



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