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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, 2008

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_08 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2008

According to the Report, what is the balance of government funding (including in kind such as funding buildings) to the religious sector? [Category labels are the following: 0 = No funding. 0.333 = A proportional balance. 0.667 = Has imbalance. 1 = Only goes to one religion or belief.] (GFI_A_08)
TOTAL%
0) 07135.9
0.333) .3332914.6
0.667) .6677437.4
1) 12412.1
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_B_08 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2008

According to the Report, to what extent is there a favored or established religious Brand? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = None or all religious brands are treated the same. 0.333 = Cultural or Historical legacies only, e.g., former established religious brand inherits buildings or properties. 0.667 = Some religious brands have privileges or government access unavailable to other religious brands. 1 = [Either A or B]: a) One religious brand has privileges or government access unavailable to other religions; or b) One single State or Official (Established) Religious Brand/Religion.] (GFI_B_08)
TOTAL%
0) 06834.3
0.333) .333147.1
0.667) .6674221.2
1) 17437.4
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_C_08 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2008

According to the Report, how does the government subsidize religion, including in kind to organizations run by religions, e.g., hospitals, schools, etc.? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = No subsidies or equal to all (e.g., all are tax exempt). 0.2 = Subsidies not mentioned, but subsidies are implied by level of government support for a particular religion. 0.4 = Cultural or Historical legacies only (e.g., religion inherits cathedrals from previous government spending). 0.6 = Only some religions are excluded from available subsidies. 0.8 = Only an approved set of religions receive government subsidies. 1 = Only one religion is subsidized (including in kind subsidies).] (GFI_C_08)
TOTAL%
0) 07537.9
0.2) .22713.6
0.4) .4115.6
0.6) .6168.1
0.8) .84120.7
1) 12814.1
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_D_08 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2008

According to the Report, does the government fund some things related to religion? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = No. 0.5 = [Either A or B]: a) The Report does not mention funding, but it gives support that probably includes funding; or b) Yes, but equal funding for each religion. 1 = Yes, but funding is not equal for all. (GFI_D_08)
TOTAL%
0) 06130.8
0.5) .54723.7
1) 19045.5
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_E_08 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2008

Sum of the following variables: SCHOOL08 + BLDGS08 + SALARY08 + MEDIA08 + CHARIT08 + ACTIV08 (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_E_08)
TOTAL%
0) 07336.9
0.083) .083178.6
0.167) .1673316.7
0.25) .25115.6
0.333) .3332110.6
0.417) .41731.5
0.5) .5157.6
0.583) .58331.5
0.667) .667157.6
0.833) .83342.0
1) 131.5
TOTAL198100.0



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