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Motives for demand for religion: a confirmatory factor analysis


A Somasundram, Sotheeswari and Habibullah, Muzafar Shah (2016) Motives for demand for religion: a confirmatory factor analysis. In: 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Economic Issues (ICCEI), 2-3 Nov. 2016, Ramada Bintang Bali Resort, Bali, Indonesia. (pp. 64-71).


This study investigates the motivation for religious demand among Christians using the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) data on Religion for 2008. This study using both exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis identified two motives, afterlife motive and the current life motive that influences demand for religion. The afterlife motive, aligned to the Christian doctrine of belief in afterlife, heaven and hell, was one of the dimensions of motives for religious demand. For gains in the current life, although the various studies highlight two construct of personal gains and social gains, however, for this study, all items loaded onto only one construct, which is broadly termed as current life motives where religion is said to provide solace, inner peace; as well as social support and networking opportunities.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Publisher: School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Keywords: Religion; Economics; Demand; Afterlife; Current life
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 03:55
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2019 03:55
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/75326
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