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Charitable giving for overseas development: UK trends over a quarter century

  • Anthony B. Atkinson
  • Peter G. Backus
  • John Micklewright
  • Cathy Pharoah
  • Sylke V. Schnepf

Charitable giving is an important source of funding for overseas development and emergency relief. Donations in the UK are about a quarter of the size of government development aid. There has been strong growth over time, reflecting the activities of development charities and the public response to humanitarian emergencies. The paper examines how this charitable giving has changed 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? What has been the relationship with changes in household income? 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?

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Volume (Year): 175 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 167-190

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