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Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK Trends over a Quarter Century

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  • Atkinson, Anthony B.

    ()
    (Nuffield College, Oxford)

  • Backus, Peter G.

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    (University of Barcelona)

  • Micklewright, John

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    (Institute of Education, University of London)

  • Pharoah, Cathy

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    (City University London)

  • Schnepf, Sylke V.

    ()
    (University of Southampton)

Abstract

Charitable giving for overseas development and emergency relief is important in the UK, being about a quarter of the size of government development aid. There has been a strong growth over time, reflecting the activities of development charities and the public response to a series of humanitarian emergencies. This paper examines how individual overseas giving has changed over the quarter century since 1978, using a newly constructed panel data set on donations to individual UK charities. When did the increase take place? Did the public respond to events such as Live Aid? Or has there been a steady upward trend as our society became more globalised? What form did the increase in giving take? Which charities have grown fastest? Have new charities displaced old? How do changes in giving for overseas compare with changes in giving for other causes such as cancer relief or animal welfare? What, if any, is the relation with Official Development Assistance?

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3872.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Keywords: charitable giving; overseas development; philanthropy; UK;

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  1. Anthony B. Atkinson & Peter G. Backus & John Micklewright & Cathy Pharoah & Sylke V. Schnepf, 2011. "Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK trends over a quarter century," DoQSS Working Papers 11-07, Department of Quantitative Social Science - Institute of Education, University of London.
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  1. Atkinson, Anthony B. & Backus, Peter G. & Micklewright, John & Pharoah, Cathy & Schnepf, Sylke V., 2008. "Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK Trends over a Quarter Century," IZA Discussion Papers 3872, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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