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Charitable giving under inequality aversion and social capital

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  • Eiji Yamamura

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    (Seinan Gakuin University)

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A Japanese General Social Survey is used to re-examine how voluntary giving is associated with inequality aversion, and how the relationship differs between high- and low-income groups. This paper also investigates how social capital influences that relationship. The key findings are that (1) the level of voluntary giving increases with inequality aversion for high-income groups, but not for low-income groups, and (2) social capital accumulated in the respondent's residential area reinforces the positive influence of inequality aversion on voluntary giving for high-income groups only.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 3140-3147

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00552

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Keywords: Inequality aversion; charitable contribution; trust; private provision of public goods.;

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