Competition and the strategic choices of churches

Adam D. Rennhoff, Mark F. Owens

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-170
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Microeconomics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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