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Trends in charitable giving

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  • Cathy Pharoah
  • Sarah Tanner

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The charitable giving of UK households has changed considerably over the past 20 years. In particular, the proportion of households giving to charity fell by 5 percentage points between 1974 and 1993-94. An increase in the average size of donations meant that total voluntary income increased in real terms over the period, but, since 1988, voluntary income has stagnated. The greatest falls in the number of givers are among households in their twenties and thirties. There are clear trends in giving across households by age and income, with younger and poorer households tending to give less. But not only are today’s younger households less likely to give than today’s middle-aged households; they are also less likely to give than today’s middle-aged households did when they were young. These generational trends in giving do not bode well for levels of voluntary income in the future.

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Volume (Year): 18 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (January)
Pages: 427-444

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:18:y:1997:i:4:p:427-444

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  1. James Carroll & Siobhan McCarthy & Carol Newman, 2005. "An Econometric Analysis of Charitable Donations in the Republic of Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 36(3), pages 229-249.
  2. Alan Manning, 2007. "Respect," CEP Discussion Papers dp0793, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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