, 03 October 2016

Why do firms give to charity around Christmas? In this video, Adriaan Soetevent explains how, given a high enough price, firms benefit from this arrangement. This video was recorded during the European Economic Association's Congress held in Geneva at the end of August 2016. 

Kimberley Scharf, Sarah Smith, 16 September 2016

The rise of peer to peer (P2P) fundraising – soliciting donations on behalf of a charity for undertaking an activity  – has paralleled the growth of online social networks, but the incentives driving online donation behaviour are still poorly understood. This column examines giving behaviour for a large sample of P2P fundraising projects that individuals promoted to their Facebook friends. A negative relationship is found between the number of friends and donation size. The findings suggest a ‘relational altruism’ motive, where donors give because they care about the person who is raising the money.

Christine Exley, 27 December 2014

Decisions involving charitable giving often occur under the shadow of risk. A common finding is that potential donors give less when there is greater risk that their donation will have less impact. While this behaviour could be fully rationalised by standard economic models, this column shows that an additional mechanism is relevant – the use of risk as an excuse not to give. In light of this finding, this column also discusses how charities may benefit from structuring their donation requests in particular ways. 

Tony Atkinson, Peter Backus, John Micklewright, Cathy Pharoah, Sylke Schnepf, 17 January 2009

While the UK’s provision of official development assistance stagnated over the last quarter-century, charitable donations for development increased seven-fold. Giving for development has grown faster than both total household income and giving for all other causes combined. Would an increase in government assistance risk crowding out private donations?

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