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Title: Religion-based urbanization process in Italy: statistical evidence from demographic and economic data
Authors: Ausloos, Marcel
Cerqueti, Roy
First Published: 19-May-2015
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Quality and Quantity, 2015
Abstract: This paper analyzes some economic and demographic features of Italians living in cities containing a Saint name in their appellation (hagiotoponyms). Demographic data come from the surveys done in the 15th (2011) Italian Census, while the economic wealth of such cities is explored through their recent (2007–2011) aggregated tax income (ATI). This cultural problem is treated from various points of view. First, the exact list of hagiotoponyms is obtained through linguistic and religiosity criteria. Next, it is examined how such cities are distributed in the Italian regions. Demographic and economic perspectives are also offered at the Saint level, i.e. calculating the cumulated values of the number of inhabitants and the ATI, “per Saint”, as well as the corresponding relative values taking into account the Saint popularity. On one hand, frequency-size plots and cumulative distribution function plots, and on the other hand, scatter plots and rank-size plots between the various quantities are shown and discussed in order to find the importance of correlations between the variables. It is concluded that rank–rank correlations point to a strong Saint effect, which explains what actually Saint-based toponyms imply in terms of comparing economic and demographic data.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11135-015-0220-2
ISSN: 0033-5177
eISSN: 1573-7845
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Springer Verlag. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: The file associated with record is under embargo until12 months after publication.
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