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Substitution effects across charitable donations


  • Cairns, Jason
  • Slonim, Robert


This paper examines substitution effects across charitable donations, specifically the effect of 2nd collections on 1st collections at Catholic Masses. While 2nd collections increased total donations by 17.8%, 18.4% of 2nd collection donations came from 1st collections which fell 4.3%.

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  • Cairns, Jason & Slonim, Robert, 2011. "Substitution effects across charitable donations," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 173-175, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:2:p:173-175

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