Job Satisfaction and Biblical Literalism
By Bryan Caplan
After my last post, I spent a while playing with the GSS’s job satisfaction data. I tried adding a kitchen sink of regressors to education and log real income: IQ, age, year, race, sex, church attendance, political ideology. The negative effect of education and the positive effect of income on job satisfaction proved robust. But so did one other variable: Biblical literalism.
People who believe in the Bible’s literal truth (BIBLE=1) are much more satisfied with their jobs than people who believe it’s just a book of fables (BIBLE=3). Remember that higher numbers mean lower satisfaction. The results: