Not my original idea for a post title, taken verbatim from this New York Times article. Very interesting read.
Now, though I was born into a Hindu family, I consider myself an apatheist – I don’t really care about religion. I like and enjoy the social aspects of religious festivities, be it Durga Pujo or Christmas or Eid (love the biriyani): the get-together with family and friends, the ‘adda’, the meals (food, oh food!), the general warm atmosphere. I do not, however, go to a designated place of worship (a temple, for example) to pray or find solace or whatever else people make such trips for.
This above disclaimer was necessary because the graph in the NYT article puts Hindus as the second religious groups (behind Reform Jews) in the list of ‘Percentage of Households with an Annual Income above $75K’. And since I’m born Hindu just wanted to mention that ….and the completely different fact why I think this article is noteworthy.
“Many factors are behind the discrepancies among religions, but one stands out. The relationship between education and income is so strong that you can almost draw a line through the points on this graph. Social science rarely produces results this clean.”
Here is the graph, in case you haven’t yet gone to the article:
Time and again, this has surfaced across various studies. Here’s another one for instance. The fact is: having a higher degree, generally means more income during the lifetime.
My own inference:
1. Indians, and more specifically the Indians in the US, generally have at least a college degree, and in a lot of cases, even a higher one.
2. Majority of Indians are Hindus.
Cross reference 1, 2 and higher-degree-leads-to-more-earning paradigm, and you get the tempered conclusion that Hindus earn more.
[There are a couple of reasons behind this post. I see so many young kids not opting for college once they complete their high school. Feels like they are just throwing away a chance for a better life, specially the ones from not so great socio-economic background. Till a few weeks ago, for 2 months, I was ‘e-mentoring’ a high school kid, through a program at work where they partner up with a local high school and give students an opportunity to look at professional conduct/responsibilities/duties through a set of supervised e-mail interaction between an employee and a student. We were given guidelines to cover a range of topics like college experience, job experience, attendance, time management. When we were covering college experience I was struggling to convince this kid that college is good for you. Then came across the NYT article today.]