NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Political Campaigns and Church Contributions

Daniel M. Hungerman, Kevin Rinz, Tim Weninger, Chungeun Yoon

NBER Working Paper No. 24374
Issued in March 2018
NBER Program(s):, Public Economics, Political Economy

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. Further, it does not appear to vary based on the political language used by the parish in its own church bulletins. However, the effect does appear to vary based on the religiosity of the candidates themselves, with Catholic candidates generating the largest increases.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24374

 
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