Catholic women earn more than Anglican counterparts, study finds

Upbringing also a factor

Australian Catholic women earn more than their Anglican counterparts, according to a new study, reports The Brisbane Times.

But it's not necessarily a reason to jump headfirst into the baptismal font, as research indicates childhood upbringing might play a part.

Michael Kortt from the Southern Cross Business School drew data from the Household, Income Labour Dynamics Australia survey to examine the relationship between religious affiliation and wages for Australian women.

Dr Kortt said their data modelling was based on women aged 25 to 54, and controlled for a variety of demographic, age and economic factors, including work experience, education and marital status.

'We counted for as many different factors as you could possibly think of...it turned out Catholic women had a 4.5 per cent wage premium than Anglican women,' he said.

'It's across the board, so it's not looking at jobs at all, but the wage rates for women,' he said.

Dr Kortt said the research, published in Economic Papers: A Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, found no other statistically significant wage difference between Anglican women and other groups, including other Christians, non-Christians and those with no religious affiliation.

'This premium exists ... what's interesting is that it's very similar to the US wage premium [for Catholic women] that's observed,' he said.

Dr Kortt said the models found little difference between Catholic and Anglican women when it came to attitudes towards work, fertility rates, and rates of return on educational investment.

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