, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 991–998 | Cite as

A Note on the Effect of Religiosity on Fertility

  • Dierk HerzerEmail author


Very few studies have examined the effect of religiosity on fertility at the macro level. This note extends these studies by using a larger data set and more advanced econometric techniques. In addition, this note estimates the macro-level effect of religiosity on fertility both for a total sample of 25 Christian countries between 1925 and 2000 and for three subsamples: Catholic, Protestant, and mixed Catholic-Protestant countries. Results show that religiosity, in general, has a positive long-run effect on fertility. However, this effect is not significant for Catholic countries.


Fertility Religiosity Macro-level Panel data Panel cointegration 



I thank four anonymous referees for their comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHelmut-Schmidt-UniversityHamburgGermany

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