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Goodwill bazaar: NGO competition and giving to development

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  • Gani Aldashev

    (FUNDP - Fondation Universitaire Notre Dame de la Paix - Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix)

  • Thierry Verdier

    (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CEPR - Centre for Economic Policy Research - Centre for Economic Policy Research, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

Abstract

This paper builds a model of competition through fundraising between horizontally differentiated NGOs. NGOs allocate their time resource between working on the project and fundraising, which attracts private donations. If the market size is fixed, the fundraising levels increase with the number of NGOs and the free-entry equilibrium number of NGOs can be larger or smaller than the socially optimal number, depending on the efficiency of the fundraising technology. If the market size is endogenous and NGOs cooperate in attracting new donors, fundraising levels decrease with the number of NGOs and the free-entry equilibrium number of NGOs is smaller than the one that maximizes the welfare of donors and beneficiaries. If NGOs can divert funds for private use, multiple equilibria (with high diversion and no diversion of funds) appear.

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  • Gani Aldashev & Thierry Verdier, 2010. "Goodwill bazaar: NGO competition and giving to development," Post-Print halshs-00754487, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00754487
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2008.11.010
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