Advances in Management and Applied Economics

Interrelationship between Economic Activity and Religion

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    The study uses secondary socio-economic datasets from United Kingdom Census of Population_ casweb and, also micro datasets from the Annual Population Survey _ Office for National Statistics to explore the relationship between selected religious sects and full time employment as a proxy for economic activity in Sheffield, United Kingdom. The results are twofold. Geo-spatial metrics and cluster analysis shows that majority of minority ethnic groups and their associated religion (Muslim and Buddhist) are concentrated in the middle part of the (city centre) of the study area. Secondly, and not surprising, there exist a positive relationship between the majority religion of Christianity and full time employment. On the hand other, there is no significant relationship between the two main minority religious sects (Muslim and Buddhism) and their economic performance in the form of full time employment. The study presents evidence suggesting there is weak positive relationship of Muslim as cluster member relative to Buddhists economic performance in the form of full time employment.