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Ask and ye shall receive: The effect of the appeals scale on consumers' donation behavior

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  • Desmet, Pierre
  • Feinberg, Fred M.

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Managers in the fundraising sector face the constant challenge of solliciting donations from a population who may or may not have donated before. Rather than merely asking respondents what they wish to donate, it is standard practice to present a set of suggested amounts -the appeals scale- in making donation requests. With a large scale field trial, coupled with a donation database from a French charity, we find with a segment-level Bayesian model, a very significant influence of the appeals scale and of 'round' scale values, such as those appearing on common bank notes, on distribution of donations.
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  • Desmet, Pierre & Feinberg, Fred M., 2003. "Ask and ye shall receive: The effect of the appeals scale on consumers' donation behavior," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 349-376, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:24:y:2003:i:3:p:349-376
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