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Political Campaigns and Church Contributions

Hungerman, Daniel / Rinz, Kevin / Weninger, Tim / Yoon, Chungeun

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Abstract

We combine a new dataset of weekly Catholic church donations with a new dataset of presidential-election campaign stops to explore the impact of stops on donations. We find that stops increase donations, with a campaign stop generating 2 percent more donations in the following week. Our results suggest that this effect is of short duration. Using a well-known list of politically-motivated words, we find that this effect does not appear to vary based on the political language used by the parish. Our results underscore the contemporary political dimension of US religiosity and the elemental relationship between religious and political events more generally.

Issue Date
2018-11
Publisher
Elsevier B.V.
DOI
10.1016/j.jebo.2018.09.011
Journal Title
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Start Page
403
End Page
426
ISSN
0167-2681
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