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Gender Differences in Charitable Giving

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  • Piper, Greg

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    (National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO))

  • Schnepf, Sylke V.

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    (European Commission)

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    The predominant part of the literature states that women are more likely to donate to charitable causes but men are more generous in terms of the amount given. The last result generally derives from the focus on mean amount given. This paper examines gender differences in giving focusing on the distribution of amounts donated and the probability of giving using UK micro-data on individual giving to charitable causes. Results indicate that most women are more generous than men also in terms of the amounts donated. Quantile regression analysis shows that this pattern is robust if we take into account gender differences in individual characteristics such as household structure, education and income. The analysis also examines differences in gender preferences for varying charitable causes. For most of the paper, separate analyses are presented for single and married/cohabiting people, highlighting the very different gender patterns of giving behaviour found in the two groups.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3242.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3242

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    Keywords: charitable donations; gender differences;

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    1. Ben-Ner, Avner & Kong, Fanmin & Putterman, Louis, 2004. "Share and share alike? Gender-pairing, personality, and cognitive ability as determinants of giving," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 581-589, October.
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    6. Julie L. Hotchkiss, 2005. "Do Husbands and Wives Pool Their Resources?: Further Evidence," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 40(2).
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