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The government favoritism index is a comparative measure of the actions of the state that provide one religion or a small group of religions special privileges, support, or favorable sanctions. A higher GFI score indicates greater religious favoritism. Range: 0 - 10.

Data File: International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

Source: Grim, Brian J. and Roger Finke. 2006. "International Religion Indexes: Government Regulation, Government Favoritism, and Social Regulation of Religion." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 2 (Article 1).


General Instructions:

The Government Favoritism of Religion Index (GFI) is calculated by obtaining the sum of all of its variables and multiplying that sum by 2. GFI values have a possible range of 0 to 10.

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


GFI_A_03 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

According to the Report, what is the balance of Government funding (including in kind such as funding buildings) to the religious sector? [Category labels are the following: 0 = No funding. 0.333 = A proportional balance. 0.666 = Has imbalance. 1 = Only goes to one religion or belief.] (GFI_A_03)
TOTAL%
0) 09448.0
0.333) .333126.1
0.667) .6676131.1
1) 12914.8
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_B_03 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

According to the Report, to what extent is there a favored (or established) religious brand? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = None or all religious brands are treated the same. 0.333 = Cultural or Historical legacies only, e.g., former established religious brand inherits buildings or properties. 0.666 = Some religious brands have privileges or government access unavailable to other religious brands. 1 = [Either A or B]: a) One religious brand has privileges or government access unavailable to other religions; or b) One single State or Official (Established) Religious Brand/Religion.] (GFI_B_03)
TOTAL%
0) 04020.4
0.333) .333168.2
0.667) .6675628.6
1) 18442.9
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_C_03 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

According to the Report, how does the Government subsidize religion [including in kind to organizations run by religions, e.g., hospitals, schools, etc.]? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = No subsidies or equal to all (e.g., all are tax exempt). 0.2 = Subsidies not mentioned, but subsidies are implied by level of government support for a particular religion. 0.4 = Cultural or Historical legacies only (e.g., religion inherits Cathedrals from previous Government spending). 0.6 = Only some religions are excluded from available subsidies. 0.8 = Only an approved set of religions receive government subsidies. 1 = Only one religion is subsidized (including in kind subsidies).] (GFI_C_03)
TOTAL%
0) 06030.6
0.4) .42010.2
0.6) .6178.7
0.8) .85729.1
1) 14221.4
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_D_03 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

According to the Report, does the Government fund some things related to religion? (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) [Category labels are the following: 0 = No. 0.5 = [Either A or B]: a) The Report does not mention funding, but it gives support that probably includes funding; or b) Yes, but equal funding for each religion. 1 = Yes, but funding is not equal for all. (GFI_D_03)
TOTAL%
0) 07638.8
0.5) .5189.2
1) 110252.0
TOTAL196100.0

GFI_E03 from International Religious Freedom Data, 2003

Sum of the following variables: SCHOOL03 + BLDGS03 + SALARY03 + MEDIA03 + CHARIT03 + ACTIV03 (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_E03)
TOTAL%
0) 09045.9
0.083) .08352.6
0.167) .1674321.9
0.25) .2510.5
0.333) .3332010.2
0.417) .41710.5
0.5) .5189.2
0.667) .667126.1
0.833) .83331.5
1) 131.5
TOTAL196100.0



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