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American Economic Journal: Microeconomics: Vol. 4 No. 3 (August 2012)

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Competition and the Strategic Choices of Churches

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Rennhoff, Adam D., and Mark F. Owens. 2012. "Competition and the Strategic Choices of Churches." American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 4(3): 152-70.

DOI: 10.1257/mic.4.3.152

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We examine how the decisions of churches are impacted by the decisions of rival churches. Using a novel dataset, we estimate a model of strategic interaction, which accounts for the location and denomination of churches. We focus on a church's decision of whether to provide a weekday child care program. Empirical evidence indicates that churches compete more strongly with same-denomination churches than with different-denomination churches. These effects diminish with distance. (JEL J13, L31, Z12)

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Rennhoff, Adam D. (Middle TN State U)
Owens, Mark F. (Middle TN State U)

JEL Classifications

J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
L31: Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs
Z12: Cultural Economics: Religion

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