Religion and Rule of Law

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North, C. M., Orman, W. H., & Gwin, C. R. (2020, August 7). Religion and Rule of Law.
The "Religion and Rule of Law" data set was assembled from multiple data sources to aid the study of connections between religion, corruption, and the rule of law. In the resulting data file, each of the 236 cases represents a country or territory. The data file includes basic country identifiers, governance variables, religious tradition variables, demographic and developmental variables, and geography variables.

Indices regarding the rule of law and the level of corruption were generated based on the World Bank's Governance Research Indicators Country Snapshot (GRICS) data set (Kaufman, Kraay, and Mastuzzi 2005). Data on the GDP per capita in constant PPP dollars and related variables are based on data from the CIA's World Factbook 2003. In addition, data on each country's largest religious groups in the years 1900 and 2000 stem from Barrett, Kurian, and Johnson (2001). Sources for all variables are shown in the attached PDF codebook.
Data File
Cases: 236
Variables: 197
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 2004
Original Survey (Instrument)
Religion and Rule of Law
Funded By
This data collection was funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
Collection Procedures
Several data sources were used to build this data set.
Principal Investigators
Charles M. North, Baylor University
Related Publications
North, Charles M., Wafa Hakim Orman, and Carl R. Gwin. 2013. "Religion, Corruption, and the Rule of Law." Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 45(5):757-79.
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