Economics of Religion in Brazil


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The research provides continuation to that launched in 2005, “Portraits of Religion in Brazil” (in Portuguese), mapping the evolution of religious beliefs until the year 2000. Starting with the overall increase in religiousness, it reveals surprising changes in the religious composition of the Brazilian population, in particular, the Catholic reaction.
The complementary part of the research  features never before released data on religion, according to Brazilian states and municipalities, such as infra-municipal information (administrative regions, districts, etc.) Aside from approaching the theme from a local aspect, the research will tackle the relationship between religion and globalization, as well as other aspects of the economics of religion, related to beliefs and social ascension, as proposed by Max Weber. By providing a more in-depth analysis of the interaction between religion and social ascension, it will include a detailed examination of the perception of items such as violence, satisfaction of basic needs and quality of access to government-offered services. The research offers a strong focus on local and global data, with individualized economic achievements and its association to religious beliefs.