Considering the effects of a Catholic heritage on families as a whole and on individuals within families, William Sander looks at the patterns of marriage and intermarriage, divorce, and fertility. He then turns to human capital issues, in-eluding the effects of a Catholic background on academic achievement, earnings, employment, and health habits. Examining the effects of Catholic schooling, Sander takes into account the select nature of the Catholic school population and shows that Catholic high schools have a large negative effect on dropout rates but a positive effect on the test scores of African Americans and Hispanics.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Catholicism and Marriage in the United States -- Catholicism and Intermarriage in the United States -- Catholicism and Fertility -- The Effects of Ethnicity and Religion on Educational Attainment -- Catholic Schools, Dropout Rates, and Educational Attainment -- Catholic High Schools and Test Scores -- The Effects of Catholicism on Earnings and Employment -- Catholics, Alcohol, and Tobacco -- Conclusion
William Sander is professor of economics at DePaul University. He has also taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of the Philippines.