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On the Channels of Pro-Social Behavior-Evidence from a natural field experiment

  • Hannes Koppel
  • Günther G. Schulze

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    (Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg)

We conduct a natural field experiment on direct and indirect transfer mechanisms for small donations. Charitable contributions are significantly higher if made indirectly, i.e. if they are tied to the purchase of a good sold at a premium, than if they are made directly. Donations are significantly higher under both transfer mechanisms if people are given a suggested reference donation.

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Paper provided by Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 10.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
Date of revision: Jan 2010
Handle: RePEc:fre:wpaper:10
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