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The Role of Religious Congregations in the Provision of Social Services in the U.S.: Lessons from an Event-Study Analysis of the Catholic-Clergy Scandals


Nicolas Luis Bottan


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics

Ricardo Perez-Truglia


Microsoft Research

July 1, 2013


Abstract:     
We study how the Catholic-clergy sexual abuse scandals affected the social sector in the U.S. In order to estimate the causal effects of the scandals, we exploit the fine distribution of the scandals over space and time by means of an event-study analysis. The scandals caused a long-lasting decline in religious congregations, charitable contributions and the provision of social services, but they did not affect either alternative forms of pro-social behavior or religious beliefs. The evidence suggests that religious participation does increase charitable giving, but mainly through social mechanisms (e.g., solicitation, social pressure) rather than belief-based mechanisms (e.g., belief in God).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 68

Keywords: religion, welfare, charitable giving, social capital, media

JEL Classification: D64, H41, L31, Z1, Z12

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Date posted: September 6, 2011 ; Last revised: July 22, 2013

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Bottan, Nicolas Luis and Perez-Truglia, Ricardo, The Role of Religious Congregations in the Provision of Social Services in the U.S.: Lessons from an Event-Study Analysis of the Catholic-Clergy Scandals (July 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1922950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1922950

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Nicolas Luis Bottan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics ( email )
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1407 W. Gregory
Urbana, IL 61801
United States
HOME PAGE: http://publish.illinois.edu/nicolasbottan/
Ricardo Perez-Truglia (Contact Author)
Microsoft Research ( email )
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Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
HOME PAGE: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/rtruglia/
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