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Giving to Secular Causes by the Religious and Nonreligious: An Experimental Test of the Responsiveness of Giving to Subsidies

Although evidence indicates that religious persons are more generous on average than nonreligious persons, little work has been done to determine if this greater generosity is a general pattern or is, rather, specific to church-based institutions. Limited research addresses if, or how, religious and nonreligious givers respond to subsidies. This article uses experimental data to examine differences in the amount and pattern of giving to secular charities in response to subsidies by self-identified religious and nonreligious participants. The results indicate no significant difference in either the amount or pattern of giving or in the response to subsidies by religious and nonreligious participants; however, giving by religious participants is significantly more responsive to income changes than giving by nonreligious participants.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number archive-07.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Publication status: Published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 271-289, June 2004
Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:archive-07
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