- Wealth and religion
There has been some research on the correlation of wealth and religion.
Wealthis the status of being the beneficiary or proprietor of a large accumulation of capitaland economic power. Religionis a social phenomenonin which groups of people agree on certain beliefs about God, the Divine, or other concepts that they consider sacred.
Wealth and organised religion
A study in the
United States, published in the Social Forcesjournal and conducted by Sociology researcher Lisa A. Keisterwhile she was at the Ohio State University, found that adherents of Judaismattained the most wealth, believers of Catholicismand mainline Protestantswere in the middle, while conservative Protestants accumulated the least wealth, while in general people who attend religious services achieved more wealth than those who don't (taking into account variations of education and other factors)http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/relgwlth.htm] . The researcher suggests that wealth accumulation is shaped by familyprocesses [http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=15178817] .
net worthof people believing in the Jewishreligion is calculatd at 150 890 USD, while the median net worth of conservative Protestants(including Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, Christian Scientists) was found at 26 200 USD.
Another study, published in the
American Journal of Sociology(AJS) by Lisa Keisterafter she moved to Duke Universityfrom Ohio State University, found that "religion affects wealth indirectly through educational attainment, fertility, and female labor force participation" but also found some evidence of direct effects of religion on wealth attainment [http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/525506] .
Wealth and atheism
Atheismand Agnosticismare labels used to describe people who have no religion, believe that no god exists, do not know whether a god exists, or who simply do not care (see also: freethinker).
Some studies have found strong correlations between wealth and lack of religious beliefs. Specifically it has been shown that rich countries are mainly those whose populations do not believe in any god.http://atheism.about.com/b/2008/04/03/religion-wealth-less-religious-countries-are-more-wealthy.htm] [http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=258] .
Religious beliefs of the wealthy
Bill Gatesis thought to be an Agnostic[http://www.nndb.com/people/435/000022369/] .
Warren Buffettis believed to be an Agnostic [http://www.nndb.com/people/445/000022379/] .
Carlos Slim Helúis a Maronite Christian[http://magazine.globeinvestor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/GIGOLD/20080325/wallentuck20325/GIGOLDMAG/news] .
Lakshmi Mittalis an adherent of Hinduism[http://billionaires-blog.blogspot.com/2007/11/lakshmi-mitttal-steel-billionaire.html] .
Mukesh Ambanibelieves in the Hindureligion [http://www.nndb.com/people/018/000172499/] .
Larry Ellisonis thought to believe in the religion of Judaism[http://www.nndb.com/people/439/000022373/] .
Larry Pagewas raised without a religion but his mother was Jewish[http://www.nndb.com/people/830/000044698/] .
List of the 100 wealthiest people."
Some researchers focusing on the correlation of wealth and religion are:
Lisa A. Keister( [http://www.soc.duke.edu/~lkeister/ homepage] )
Happiness and religion
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