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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, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

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_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

According to the Report, what is the balance of government funding (including in kind such as funding buildings) to the religious sector? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03316.6
0.111) .111178.5
0.222) .2222110.6
0.333) .333147.0
0.444) .4442914.6
0.556) .556168.0
0.667) .6673919.6
0.778) .778136.5
0.889) .889126.0
1) 152.5
TOTAL199100.0

GFI_B_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 0178.5
0.111) .111105.0
0.222) .2222110.6
0.333) .333126.0
0.444) .444126.0
0.556) .556105.0
0.667) .6672713.6
0.778) .778157.5
0.889) .889115.5
1) 16432.2
TOTAL199100.0

GFI_C_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 02713.6
0.067) .06731.5
0.133) .133168.0
0.2) .2105.0
0.267) .267126.0
0.333) .33363.0
0.4) .494.5
0.467) .46773.5
0.533) .533168.0
0.6) .6168.0
0.667) .667105.0
0.7) .710.5
0.733) .733168.0
0.8) .8199.5
0.867) .867136.5
0.933) .93394.5
1) 194.5
TOTAL199100.0

GFI_D_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 02814.1
0.167) .1672010.1
0.333) .333178.5
0.5) .5157.5
0.667) .6672613.1
0.75) .7510.5
0.833) .8332713.6
1) 16532.7
TOTAL199100.0

GFI_E_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2003-2008)

Sum of the following variables: SCHOOLAG + BLDGSAG + SALARYAG + MEDIAAG + CHARITAG + ACTIVAG (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Note: All six constituent variables have a maximum possible value of 2, so GFI_E_AG was calculated by dividing the sum of these variables by 12.] (GFI_E_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03718.6
0.028) .028136.5
0.042) .04210.5
0.056) .056115.5
0.083) .083189.0
0.111) .111178.5
0.139) .13952.5
0.167) .16784.0
0.194) .19473.5
0.222) .22284.0
0.25) .2584.0
0.278) .278115.5
0.306) .30673.5
0.333) .33384.0
0.361) .36121.0
0.389) .38931.5
0.417) .41773.5
0.444) .44463.0
0.472) .47231.5
0.5) .531.5
0.528) .52842.0
0.556) .55631.5
0.583) .58321.0
0.611) .61131.5
0.639) .63921.0
0.694) .69421.0
TOTAL199100.0



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