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The Economics of Giving

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  • Clotfelter, Charles T.

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Charitable contributions made by individuals constitute one of the principal sources of finance for the vast nonprofit sector in the United States. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the apparent incongruity between giving and the usual kind of selfish behavior portrayed in economics textbooks, economists have devoted considerable attention to it. This paper presents a discussion of the positive research on giving, particularly the empirical models that account for the effects of income and taxes.

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Paper provided by Duke University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 97-19.

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Date of creation: 1997
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  1. James Andreoni & Eleanor Brown & Isaac Rischall, 2000. "Charitable Giving by Married Couples: Who Decides and Why Does it Matter?," Claremont Colleges Working Papers 2000-44, Claremont Colleges.
  2. Stephen Knowles, 2007. "Social capital, egalitarianism and foreign aid allocations," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(3), pages 299-314.
  3. Bruno S. Frey & Stephan Meier, 2004. "Social Comparisons and Pro-social Behavior: Testing "Conditional Cooperation" in a Field Experiment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(5), pages 1717-1722, December.
  4. David Roodman & Scott Standley, 2006. "Tax policies to promote private charitable giving in DAC countries," Working Papers 82, Center for Global Development.
  5. Stephan Meier & Bruno S. Frey, . "Do Business Students make Good Citizens?," IEW - Working Papers 148, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  6. Stephan Meier & Alois Stutzer, . "Matching Donations - Subsidizing Charitable Giving in a Field Experiment," IEW - Working Papers 181, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  7. Micklewright, John & Wright, Anna, 2003. "Private Donations for International Development," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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