DP16252 Religiosity, Smoking and Other Addictive Behaviors

Author(s): Plopeanu, Monica Roman, Klaus F Zimmermann
Publication Date: June 2021
Keyword(s): addictive behavior, Drinking, Drugs, external and internal religiosity, Orthodox, Romania, Smoking, Youth
JEL(s): I12, N34, Z12
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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While under communism, 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 addictive 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 those vices.