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The government favoritism index is a comparative measure of the actions of the state that provide one religion or a small group of religions special privileges, support, or favorable sanctions. A higher GFI score indicates greater religious favoritism. Range: 0 - 10.

Data File: International Religious Freedom Data, 2001

Source: Grim, Brian J. and Roger Finke. 2006. "International Religion Indexes: Government Regulation, Government Favoritism, and Social Regulation of Religion." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 2 (Article 1).


General Instructions:

The Government Favoritism of Religion Index (GFI) is calculated by obtaining the sum of all of its variables and multiplying that sum by 2. GFI values have a possible range of 0 to 10.

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


GFI_A_01 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2001

According to the Report, what is the balance of Government funding (including in kind such as funding buildings) to the religious sector? (GFI_A_01)
TOTAL%
0) No funding7638.8
0.333) 0.33384.1
0.667) 0.6678241.8
1) 13015.3
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_B_01 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2001

According to the Report, to what extent is there a Favored (or Established) Religious Brand? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_B_01)
TOTAL%
0) None or all religious brands are treated the same4020.4
0.333) 0.3332412.2
0.667) 0.6675729.1
1) 17538.3
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_C_01 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2001

According to the Report, how does the Government subsidize Religion [included in kind to organizations run by religions, e.g., hospitals, schools, etc.]? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_C_01)
TOTAL%
0) No subsidies or equal to all (e.g., all are tax exempt)6633.7
0.2) 0.22713.8
0.4) 0.4105.1
0.6) 0.6168.2
0.8) 0.84724.0
1) 13015.3
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_D_01 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2001

According to the Report, does the Government fund some things related to religion? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_D_01)
TOTAL%
0) No6231.6
0.5) 0.52914.8
1) 110553.6
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_E_01 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2001

Sum of the following variables: SCHOOL01 + BLDGS01 + SALARY01 + MEDIA01 + CHARIT01 + ACTIV01 (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_E_01)
TOTAL%
0) 07236.7
0.083) .08394.6
0.167) .1673517.9
0.178) .17810.5
0.25) .2542.0
0.333) .3332010.2
0.5) .5178.7
0.583) .58310.5
0.667) .667157.7
0.75) .7521.0
0.833) .833115.6
0.917) .91710.5
1) 184.1
TOTAL196100.0



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