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Giving to Africa and Perceptions of Poverty

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  • Alvin Etang Ndip

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    (Yale University, Economic Growth Centre)

  • David Fielding

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Stephen Knowles

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

Abstract

We conduct a simple experiment in which student participants are invited to give some of the money that they have earned to an international development charity. In different treatments, participants are given different information about the country in which the donation will be spent. The information on the country includes the countryÕs income per capita and, in some treatments, different possible reasons as to why the country is poor. We find that experimental behaviour depends largely on the characteristics of the participant rather than on the treatment. The most important characteristics are the participantÕs intended major subject, level of happiness and the frequency of religious activity.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1008.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
Date of revision: Aug 2010
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:1008

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Keywords: Generosity; Charitable Donations; Altruism; Dictator Game;

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Cited by:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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