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Charitable donations are more responsive to stock market booms than busts

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  • List, John A.
  • Peysakhovich, Yana

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This paper examines aggregate time series data on individual charitable donations from 1968 to 2007. We find that changes in individual giving show an asymmetric response to changes in the S&P 500: individuals are more responsive to stock market upturns than downturns.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 110 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 166-169

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:110:y:2011:i:2:p:166-169

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Keywords: Charitable giving Private provision of public goods;

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  1. List, John A. & Samak, Anya C., 2013. "Exploring the origins of charitable acts: Evidence from an artefactual field experiment with young children," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(3), pages 431-434.

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