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The Earnings of American Jewish Men: Human Capital, Denomination, and Religiosity

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This article analyzes the determinants of the earnings of American Jewish men using the 2000/2001 National Jewish Population Survey. Nonresponse to the question on earnings is analyzed. Earnings are related to conventional human capital variables, as well as Jewish-specific variables. Except for the size of place and region variables, the standard human capital variables have similar effects for Jewish men and the general male population. Jewish day schooling as a youth enhances earnings. Earnings vary by denomination, with Jewish men who identify their denomination as Conservative earning the most, with secular and Orthodox Jews earning less. The effect on earnings of religiosity (measured by synagogue attendance) is not monotonic. Earnings are highest for those who attend about once a week, are lower for those who attend daily, and are lowest for those who never attend.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Jidong Huang recently received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently an Economic Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, NY., Email:

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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