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Household Allocation of Time and Church Attendance
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  • Corry Azzi, Lawrence University
  • Ronald G Ehrenberg, Cornell University
Publication Date
2-1-1975
Abstract
This paper presents the first systematic attempt by economists to analyze the determinants of individuals' participation in religious activities. A multiperiod utility-maximizing model of household behavior is developed which includes among its implications the shape of a house-hold's life-cycle religious-participation profile and the division of religious participation between husband and wife. The theory is empirically tested using statewide church-membership data and survey data on individuals' frequency of church attendance. The paper concludes by discussing several extensions of the model which lead to additional potentially testable hypotheses.
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Suggested Citation
Azzi, C. & Ehrenberg, R. G. (1975). Household allocation of time and church attendance [Electronic version]. Journal of Political Economy 83(1), 27-56.

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Citation Information
Corry Azzi and Ronald G Ehrenberg. "Household Allocation of Time and Church Attendance" (1975)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ronald_ehrenberg/192/