Religiosity, Smoking and Other Risky Behaviors. GLO Discussion Paper by Monica Roman, Klaus F. Zimmermann and Aurelian-Petruș now published OPEN ACCESS in the Journal of Economics, Management and Religion.

Using data for young Romanians, a GLO Discussion Paper found that it is external religiosity that interacts with weaker addictive behaviors like smoking, drinking and using drugs.

GLO Discussion Paper No. 859, 2021

Religiosity, Smoking and Other Addictive Behaviors
Roman, Monica & Zimmermann, Klaus F. & Plopeanu, Aurelian-Petruș

Now forthcoming OPEN ACCESSJournal of Economics, Management and Religion (JEMAR), Vol. 2 (2022), 2250001.

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Author Abstract: While under communism the identity-providing religion was suppressed, religiosity is strong today even among the youth in post-communist countries. This provides an appropriate background to investigate how external and internal religiosity relates to risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and drugs among the young. This study shows that not religion as such or internal religiosity, but largely observable (external) religiosity prevents them from wallowing in those vices. While this is found strongly for both males and females, those females doubting or reflecting religion show a somewhat smaller risky activity. 

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