Church-going boosts economic well-being

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    Not that this is a good reason to start going to church, but it is interesting.

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    Church-going boosts economic well-being: study
    Tue Oct 25, 3:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attending religious services may enrich the soul, but it also fattens the wallet, according to research released on Tuesday.

    "Doubling the frequency of attendance leads to a 9.1 percent increase in household income, or a rise of 5.5 percent as a fraction of the poverty scale," Jonathan Gruber of the economics department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in his study.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=sto...17&u=/nm/20051025/us_nm/religion_economy_dc_1

    EDIT: Link to the abstract, which has a link to the paper:
    http://www.nber.org/digest/oct05/w11377.html
     

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