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Information, Belief Elicitation and Threshold Effects in the 5X1000 Tax Scheme: A Framed Field Experiment

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo

    () (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

  • Pelligra, Vittorio

    () (University of Cagliari)

  • Reggiani, Tommaso G.

    () (Masaryk University)

Abstract

In this paper we study by means of a framed field experiment on a representative sample of the population the effect on people's charitable giving of three, substantial and procedural, elements: information provision, belief elicitation and threshold on distribution. We frame this investigation within the 5X1000 tax scheme, a mechanism through which Italian taxpayers may choose to give a small proportion (0.5%) of their income tax to a voluntary organization to fund its activities. We find two main results: a social information effect, since information on total donations received by the organizations in the previous year significantly increases the share of donors, and a distributional effect, leading, the information provision, to a significant increase in the share of donors to the organization reporting the lowest aggregate donations.

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo & Pelligra, Vittorio & Reggiani, Tommaso G., 2017. "Information, Belief Elicitation and Threshold Effects in the 5X1000 Tax Scheme: A Framed Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 10710, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    charitable-giving; framed field experiment; social information effect; 5X1000;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General

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