Entry Models Applied to Churches: Could Protestants Use a Catholic Bishop to Solve Excess Entry

Speaker: Michael Walrath, University of St. Thomas

Date & Time:

Thursday, April 9, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location:

Owens Science Center (OWS 251)

Abstract: This paper studies the entry behavior of churches of different religious denominations.  In a given town, there tend to be fewer Catholic churches (with more members) than there are Protestant churches.  Entry of Catholic churches can be considered centralized, since entry is controlled by a bishop; whereas, the entry of Protestant churches is rather decentralized.  This paper estimates an entry game for Protestants then conducts a counterfactual looking at how entry would change if it were centralized. This paper finds that a large portion of the differences in entry between Catholic and Protestant churches can be explained by this difference in entry regulation.

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