The Socio-Economic Contributions of Religion to American Society by Dr. Brian Grim

In a panel conversation, Dr. Brian Grim of Georgetown University and Melissa Grim of the Newseum Institute unveiled their groundbreaking new study: "The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis." The first-of-its-kind study analyzed the economic impact of 344,000 religious congregations around the country, in addition to quantifying the economic impact of religious institutions and religion-related businesses. Through this study, Dr. Grim found the total economic contribution of religion in America to be nearly $1.2 trillion, equal to the world's 15th largest economy. To learn more visit

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