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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 recent years. A key dispute over this increase is whether congregations' propensity to provide charitable services depends upon the local community's racial composition. Using three congregation-level data sets, this article investigates how race affects charitable church activity. Each data set indicates that all-white congregations become less charitably active as the share of black residents in the community grows. This response is found only for charitable activities and not for other activities. Additionally, all-white congregations favorably disposed toward receiving government funding respond no differently to black residents than do not-all-white congregations. "("JEL "H41, J15, Z12) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Daniel M. Hungerman, 2008. "Race And Charitable Church Activity," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(3), pages 380-400, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:46:y:2008:i:3:p:380-400
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    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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