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Title:Modelling charitable donations to an unexpected natural disaster: evidence from the U.S. panel study of income dynamics PDF Logo
Authors:Brown, Sarah
Harris, Mark N.
Taylor, Karl
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4424
Abstract:Using household-level data, we explore the relationship between donations to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster and other charitable donations. The empirical evidence suggests that donations specifically for the victims of the tsunami are positively associated with the amount previously donated to other charitable causes, which accords with complementary rather than substitution effects. This relationship exists when we decompose overall charitable donations into different types of philanthropy, with charitable contributions to caring, needy and religious organizations having the largest positive association with donations to the victims of the tsunami. When we explore the impact of donations to the victims of the tsunami on future donations to charity, however, our findings suggest an inverse relationship with the largest inverse association with donations to needy and caring organizations.
Subjects:Charity
donations
system tobit
tobit
JEL:D19
H24
H41
H31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-200910141011
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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