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Religion and International Affairs Religion and International Affairs
Interest in the intersection of religion and international affairs is growing around the world, and this database serves as a companion resource to the recently released...

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International Religious Freedom Data (Grim and Finke Data Set)

This dataset, produced by Brian Grim and Roger Finke, converts the narrative information found in the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom (IRF) reports into more than 100 different variables describing religious freedom in 195 countries. Grim and Finke develop three standardized indexes to facilitate cross-national comparison. These indexes measure Government Regulation of Religion (GRI), Government Favoritism of Religion (GFI), and Social Regulation of Religion (SRI). Files for individual years and an aggregate file of coded data from the 2001, 2003, and 2005 IRF reports are available on the ARDA website. Because the dataset derives from the IRF reports, it depends on the varying detail and quality of the reports. However, by translating the massive amount of information in the IRF reports into a format that greatly facilitates cross-national comparison, it offers a path-breaking means to analyze the value of religious liberty to economic, social, and political development.
Brian Grim Brian Grim
Brian J. Grim is president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. From 2006 to January 2014 he was a senior researcher in religion and world affairs and director of cross-national data at the Pew Research Center, as well as a principal...
Association of Religion Data Archives Association of Religion Data Archives
ARDA’s purpose is to democratize access to the best data on religion. Online since 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded...