Kevin Rinz

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2018Political Campaigns and Church Contributions
with Daniel M. Hungerman, Tim Weninger, Chungeun Yoon: w24374
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.

Published: Daniel Hungerman & Kevin Rinz & Tim Weninger & Chungeun Yoon, 2018. "Political campaigns and church contributions," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol 155, pages 403-426. citation courtesy of

February 2017Beyond the Classroom: The Implications of School Vouchers for Church Finances
with Daniel M. Hungerman, Jay Frymark: w23159
Governments have used vouchers to spend billions of dollars on private education; much of this spending has gone to religiously-affiliated schools. We explore the possibility that vouchers could create a financial windfall for religious organizations operating private schools and in doing so impact the spiritual, moral, and social fabric of communities. We use a dataset of Catholic-parish finances from Milwaukee that includes information on both Catholic schools and the parishes that run them. We show that vouchers are now a dominant source of funding for many churches; parishes in our sample running voucher-accepting schools get more revenue from vouchers than from worshipers. We also find that voucher expansion prevents church closures and mergers. Despite these results, we fail to find ...

Published: Daniel M. Hungerman & Kevin Rinz & Jay Frymark, 2019. "Beyond the Classroom: The Implications of School Vouchers for Church Finances," The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol 101(4), pages 588-601. citation courtesy of

October 2015Where Does Voucher Funding Go? How Large-Scale Subsidy Programs Affect Private-School Revenue, Enrollment, and Prices
with Daniel M. Hungerman: w21687
Using a new dataset constructed from nonprofit tax-returns, this paper explores how vouchers and other large-scale programs subsidizing private school attendance have affected the fiscal outcomes of private schools and the affordability of a private education. We find that subsidy programs created a large transfer of public funding to private schools, suggesting that every dollar of funding increased revenue by a dollar or more. Turning to the incidence of subsidies and the impact of subsidies on enrollment, our findings depend on the type of program introduced, with programs restricting eligibility to certain groups of students creating relatively large enrollment gains and small price increases compared to unrestricted programs. We calculate elasticities of demand and supply for private ...

Published: Daniel M. Hungerman & Kevin Rinz, 2016. "Where does voucher funding Go? How large-scale subsidy Programs Affect Private-School revenue, enrollment, and prices," Journal of Public Economics, vol (). citation courtesy of

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