Department of Economics, LSU
Business Education Complex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2015||Why Work More? The Impact of Taxes, and Culture of Leisure on Labor Supply in Europe|
with Naci H. Mocan: w21297
We use micro data from the European Social Survey to investigate the impact of “culture of leisure” and taxes on labor force participation and hours worked of second-generation immigrants who reside in 26 European countries. These individuals are born in Europe, and they have been exposed to institutional, legal and labor market structures of their countries, including the tax rates. Fathers of these individuals are first-generation immigrants who migrated from 81 different countries. We construct measures of “taste for leisure” in the country of origin of each immigrant father. We employ average and marginal taxes for each country of residence, and control for a large set of individual characteristics, in addition to attributes of the country of residence and country of ancestry. The resu...
|October 2014||Compulsory Schooling Laws and Formation of Beliefs: Education, Religion and Superstition|
with Naci Mocan: w20557
We exploit information on compulsory schooling reforms in 11 European countries, implemented mostly in the 1960s and 70s, to identify the impact of education on religious adherence and religious practices. Using micro data from the European Social Survey, conducted in various years between 2002 and 2013, we find consistently large negative effects of schooling on self-reported religiosity, social religious acts (attending religious services), as well as solitary religious acts (the frequency of praying). We also use data from European Values Survey to apply the same empirical design to analyze the impact of schooling on superstitious beliefs. We find that more education, due to increased mandatory years of schooling, reduces individuals' propensity to believe in the power of lucky charms...
Published: Naci Mocan & Luiza Pogorelova, 2017. "Compulsory Schooling Laws and Formation of Beliefs: Education, Religion and Superstition," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, .