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Giving to Africa and perceptions of poverty

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  • Etang, Alvin
  • Fielding, David
  • Knowles, Stephen

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We conduct two simple experiments in which student participants are invited to give some of the money that they have earned to an international development charity for use in one of two African countries. In the between-groups experiment, participants are given the opportunity to donate to one country only. They are matched randomly with a country, and are given information about why that country might be poor; the information varies between the two treatments. In the within-group experiment, participants are given the opportunity to donate to either or both of the countries, and are given all of the information. Analysis of the results indicates that the effect of the difference in experimental design on the decisions made depends partly on observable participant characteristics. The results can be interpreted in terms of a model incorporating self-image.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Psychology.

Volume (Year): 33 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 819-832

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Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:33:y:2012:i:4:p:819-832

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Keywords: Charitable behavior; Decision making;

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Cited by:
  1. Stephen Knowles & Maroš Servátka, 2014. "Transaction Costs, the Opportunity Cost of Time and Inertia in Charitable Giving," Working Papers in Economics 14/05, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. David Fielding & Stephen Knowles, 2013. "Can You Spare Some Change For Charity? Experimental Evidence On Verbal Cues And Loose Change Effects In A Dictator Game," Working Papers 1318, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2013.
  3. Paul Hansen & Nicole Kergozou & Stephen Knowles & Paul Thorsnes, 2013. "Developing countries in need: Which characteristics appeal most to people when donating money?," Working Papers 1312, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Sep 2013.

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