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Never on Sunny Days: Lessons from Weekly Attendance Counts

Laurence R. Iannaccone and Sean F. Everton
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 43, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 191-207
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1388122
Page Count: 17
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Never on Sunny Days: Lessons from Weekly Attendance Counts
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Abstract

Congregational attendance data are abundant, accessible, and relevant for religious research. Weekly attendance histories provide information about worshippers, congregations, and denominations that surveys cannot capture. The histories yield novel measures of commitment, testable implications of rational choice theory, and compelling evidence that attendance responds strongly to changes in the opportunity cost of time.

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