Entry Models Applied to Churches: Could Protestants Use a Catholic Bishop to Solve Excess Entry
Speaker: Michael Walrath, University of St. Thomas
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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.