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Race and Charitable Church Activity

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  • Daniel M. Hungerman

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The availability of public funding for charitable church activity has increased dramatically in the past decade. A key dispute over this increased availability is whether congregations' propensity to provide charitable services depends upon the racial composition of the community served. This paper uses three different congregation-level datasets to investigate how race affects charitable church activity. In all three datasets there is evidence that all-white congregations become less charitably active as the share of black residents in the local community grows. This response is found only when looking at charitable activities, not when looking at other types of church activity. Additionally, all-white congregations favorably disposed towards receiving government funding do not respond differently to black residents than do congregations which are not all-white.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13323.

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Publication status: published as Daniel M. Hungerman, 2008. "Race And Charitable Church Activity," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(3), pages 380-400, 07.
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  1. Fong, Christina M. & Luttmer, Erzo F.P., 2011. "Do fairness and race matter in generosity? Evidence from a nationally representative charity experiment," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(5-6), pages 372-394, June.
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  3. James Andreoni & A. Abigail Payne & Justin Smith & David Karp, 2013. "Diversity and Donations: The Effect of Religious and Ethnic Diversity on Charitable Giving," Department of Economics Working Papers 2013-11, McMaster University.
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  6. Daniel M. Hungerman, 2011. "Do Religious Proscriptions Matter? Evidence from a Theory-Based Test," NBER Working Papers 17375, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Daniel M. Hungerman, 2007. "Diversity and Crowd-out: A Theory of Cold-Glow Giving," NBER Working Papers 13348, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. James Andreoni & Abigail Payne & Justin Smith & David Karp, . "Diversity and Donations: The Effect of Religious and Ethnic Diversity on Charitable GivingAbstract: Using 10-year neighborhood-level panels derived from personal tax records in Canada, we find that lo," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 12/289, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.

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