Charity Begins at Home: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment on Charitable Giving
AbstractCharities operate at different levels: national, state, or local. We test the effect of the level of the organization on charitable giving in a sample of adults in two Texas communities. Subjects make four charitable giving “dictator game” decisions from a fixed amount of money provided by the experimenter. Three decisions target different charitable organizations, all of which have a disaster-relief mission, but differ in the level of operation. The fourth targets an individual recipient, identified by the local fire department as a victim of a fire. One of the four is selected randomly for payment. Giving is significantly higher to national and local organizations compared to state. We find a higher propensity to donate and larger amount donated to the individual relative to all organizations. Subsequent analysis compares a number of demographic and attitudinal covariates with donations to specific charities. In a second decision, subjects instead indicate which of their four prior decisions they would most prefer to implement. Here we see that a majority of subjects prefer the gift to the individual. View Full-Text
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Eckel, C.C.; Priday, B.A.; Wilson, R.K. Charity Begins at Home: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment on Charitable Giving. Games 2018, 9, 95.
Eckel CC, Priday BA, Wilson RK. Charity Begins at Home: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment on Charitable Giving. Games. 2018; 9(4):95.Chicago/Turabian Style
Eckel, Catherine C.; Priday, Benjamin A.; Wilson, Rick K. 2018. "Charity Begins at Home: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment on Charitable Giving." Games 9, no. 4: 95.
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