Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts

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Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts. / Bentzen, Jeanet Sinding.

In: Economic Journal, Vol. 129, No. 622, 16.05.2019, p. 2295-2321.

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Bentzen, JS 2019, 'Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts', Economic Journal, vol. 129, no. 622, pp. 2295-2321. https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/uez008

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Bentzen, J. S. (2019). Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts. Economic Journal, 129(622), 2295-2321. https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/uez008

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Bentzen JS. Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts. Economic Journal. 2019 May 16;129(622):2295-2321. https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/uez008

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Bentzen, Jeanet Sinding. / Acts of God? Religiosity and Natural Disasters Across Subnational World Districts. In: Economic Journal. 2019 ; Vol. 129, No. 622. pp. 2295-2321.

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