Presenter: Jeanet Sinding Bentzen: Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts
Religious beliefs potentially influence individual behavior. But why are some
societies more religious than others? One possible answer is religious coping: Indi-
viduals turn to religion to deal with unbearable and unpredictable life events. To
investigate whether coping can explain global differences in religiosity, I combine
a global dataset on individual-level religiosity with spatial data on natural disas-
ters. Individuals become more religious if an earthquake recently hit close by. Even
though the effect decreases after a while, data on children of immigrants reveal a
persistent effect across generations. The results point to religious coping as the main
mediating channel, but alternative explanations such as mutual insurance or migra-
tion cannot be ruled out entirely. The findings may help explain why religiosity has
not vanished as some scholars once predicted.
January 31th, 2019 at 11.00-12.00
Presenter: Jeanet Sinding Bentzen
Where: Kraks Fond, Frederiksholms Kanal 30, seminar room
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