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Title:On the norms of charitable giving in Islam: A field experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Lambarraa, Fatima
Riener, Gerhard
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:DICE Discussion Paper 59
Abstract:Charitable giving is one of the major obligations Islam and a strong Muslim norm endorses giving to the needy, but discourages public displays of giving. This norm is puzzling in light of previous evidence, suggesting that making donations public often increases giving. We report the results two field experiments with 534 and 186 participants at Moroccan educational institutions (among them two religious schools) to assess the effects this moral prescription on actual giving levels in anonymous and public settings. Subjects who participated in a paid study were given the option to donate from their payment to a local orphanage, under treatments that varied the publicity of the donation and the salience of Islamic values. In the salient Islamic treatment, anonymity of donations significantly increased donation incidence from 59% to 77% percent as well as average donations for religious subjects from 8.90 to 13.00 Dh. This findings stand in stark contrast to most previous findings in the charitable giving literature and suggest to rethink fundraising strategies in Muslim populations.
Subjects:Charitable giving
Islam
Social pressure
Priming
Religion
Norms
Field experiment
JEL:H40
C93
D01
Z12
ISBN:978-3-86304-058-1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:DICE Discussion Paper, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

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