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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, Aggregate File (2001-2005)

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_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2001-2005)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03718.7
0.111) .11194.5
0.222) .2222211.1
0.333) .333199.6
0.444) .4442311.6
0.556) .556157.6
0.667) .6673819.2
0.778) .778199.6
0.889) .889105.1
1) 163.0
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_B_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2001-2005)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 0157.6
0.111) .111105.1
0.222) .222136.6
0.333) .33373.5
0.444) .4442110.6
0.556) .556136.6
0.667) .6672412.1
0.778) .778189.1
0.833) .83310.5
0.889) .889115.6
1) 16532.8
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_C_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2001-2005)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 02914.6
0.067) .06784.0
0.133) .13384.0
0.2) .2115.6
0.267) .267115.6
0.333) .33352.5
0.4) .494.5
0.467) .467126.1
0.533) .53373.5
0.6) .6178.6
0.667) .66784.0
0.733) .733115.6
0.8) .82211.1
0.867) .8672110.6
0.933) .93394.5
1) 1105.1
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_D_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2001-2005)

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_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03517.7
0.167) .16794.5
0.333) .333157.6
0.5) .5199.6
0.667) .6672512.6
0.833) .8332311.6
1) 17236.4
TOTAL198100.0

GFI_E_AG from International Religious Freedom Data, Aggregate File (2001-2005)

Sum of the following variables: SCHOOLAG + BLDGSAG + SALARYAG + MEDIAAG + CHARITAG + ACTIVAG (Rescaled to range from 0 to 1.) (GFI_E_AG)
TOTAL%
0) 03819.2
0.028) .028126.1
0.056) .056115.6
0.083) .083126.1
0.111) .11194.5
0.139) .139199.6
0.167) .16752.5
0.194) .19452.5
0.222) .22284.0
0.25) .2594.5
0.278) .278126.1
0.306) .30673.5
0.333) .33321.0
0.361) .36121.0
0.389) .38963.0
0.417) .41763.0
0.444) .44421.0
0.472) .47210.5
0.5) .584.0
0.528) .52884.0
0.556) .55642.0
0.583) .58321.0
0.611) .61121.0
0.639) .63910.5
0.667) .66710.5
0.694) .69442.0
0.722) .72221.0
TOTAL198100.0



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