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Further Evidence on the Dynamic Impact of Taxes on Charitable Giving

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  • Barrett, Kevin S.
  • McGuirk, Anya M.
  • Steinberg, Richard S.

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Estimates the impact of taxes on donations based on dynamic specifications and data on a large panel of middle-class taxpayers followed over a period of time that included two major tax reforms (1979-1986). Finds that taxes determine both the long-run level and the timing of donations. Challenges the view that tax deductions for charitable giving are efficient.

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  • Barrett, Kevin S. & McGuirk, Anya M. & Steinberg, Richard S., 1997. "Further Evidence on the Dynamic Impact of Taxes on Charitable Giving," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 50(2), pages 321-334, June.
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    1. Yörük, Barış K., 2014. "Does giving to charity lead to better health? Evidence from tax subsidies for charitable giving," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 71-83.
    2. Gerald E. Auten & Holger Sieg & Charles T. Clotfelter, 2002. "Charitable Giving, Income, and Taxes: An Analysis of Panel Data," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(1), pages 371-382, March.
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    8. Berg, Nathan, 2006. "Behavioral Labor Economics," MPRA Paper 26366, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    18. Adena, Maja, 2014. "Tax-price elasticity of charitable donations: Evidence from the German taxpayer panel," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economics of Change SP II 2014-302, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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