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Caltabiano, Marcantonio and Dalla Zuanna, Gianpiero and Rosina, Alessandro (2004) Reciprocal Effects of Sex and Religion in Italy. [Working Paper] WORKING PAPER SERIES, 9/2004 . , PADOVA

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Abstract (english)

Christian people share ethical norms opposing extra-marital sex. Consequently, the association between religion and timing at first sex could be bidirectional: (1) when people relax their adhesion to Church, the statistical risk of having first sex should improve (religiosity effect on sex); (2) when young Christians have first sex, their connection with religion should diminish (religiosity adaptation after sex). When dealing with this topic, a connection between religion and sex has been usually found, but without distinguishing between the two effects. We study the bi-directional effect between first sex and discontinuing church attendance among a representative sample of university students of Italy (i.e., an overwhelming Catholic country) using simultaneous equations and taking into account unobserved heterogeneity. Results show that both effects work, contrasting the results of other authors for USA, where only religiosity effects on sex has been detected. In the paper some hypotheses for explaining this difference are discussed.

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EPrint type:Working Paper
Anno di Pubblicazione:October 2004
More information:Pubblicato anche su: Demographic research, Volume 14, Pages 453-484; DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2006.14.19 (Interdependence between sexual debut and church attendance in Italy)
Key Words:Religion, Sexual behavior, Italy, religion, sexual debut, unobserved heterogeneity
Settori scientifico-disciplinari MIUR:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/01 Statistica
Struttura di riferimento:Dipartimenti > Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche
Codice ID:8830
Depositato il:11 Jun 2015 12:29
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