Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jews vs. Episcopalians, Part II: We saw in Part I that Jews (Js), on average, have larger incomes than Episcopalians (Es), but is that simply due to higher status jobs? I looked at average occupational prestige scores (that range from 0 to 100) and found that it was 51.7 for Js and 49.5 for Es. This is not much of a difference.


  1. Many Es are in small towns, and in the South. Income should likely be scaled by cost of living; so perhaps income should be scaled by, say, the median income of the state in which they live.

    Perhaps the census/GSS has some other region that would be better for this case such as metropolitan area and (state-state's metropolitan areas)

  2. Anonymous6:59 PM

    Doesn't Episcopal include African Methodist Episcopal? I think that would drag a lot of black Americans under the "Episcopal" category? Or do they fall under the Methodist category?

  3. Anonymous:AFEs have their own category, but I didn't exclude blacks, and I imagine there are there might be some black Episcopals.

  4. The first thing that comes to this Episcopalian's (well, Anglican's) mind is that Jews are smarter than Episcopalians, as they are smarter than just about everyone else. Second is the issue of status anxiety. Jews were immigrants and faced a degree of social exclusion until a generation ago or so. You can imagine this promoting a "striver" mindset, and that's backed up popular literature etc. Episcopalians, on the other hand, must be the most socially secure group in America.

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