Acknowledgments: The author would like to thank Pavel Chalupníček for his support and advice, and anonymous referees and participants in workshops in Bratislava and Prague for helpful comments. This project was conducted during the author's studies at the International Programme in Institutions, Economics and Law (IEL) in Turin, Italy.
Employment, Wages, and Religious Revivals in Postcommunist Countries
Version of Record online: 10 JUN 2014
© 2014 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 296–315, June 2014
How to Cite
Minarik, P. (2014), Employment, Wages, and Religious Revivals in Postcommunist Countries. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 53: 296–315. doi: 10.1111/jssr.12113
- Issue online: 10 JUN 2014
- Version of Record online: 10 JUN 2014
- religious participation;
- postcommunist transition;
- time allocation
The fall of communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe has profoundly changed the religious landscape in many countries. Sociologists have studied the rise and decline of religious beliefs and participation in the post-communist region, but economic approaches have been rare. This article suggests supplementing the dominant theories—the demand-side explanation of secularization and the supply-side explanation of religious revivals—with a model of individual time allocation. The model presented in the article predicts both the initial growth and the subsequent decline of religious participation in postcommunist countries. The empirical portion of the article focuses on six central European countries with different levels of religiosity. Data from the three waves of the ISSP survey support the model.