Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110181
Authors: 
Carpenter, Jeffrey P.
Matthews, Peter Hans
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8952
Abstract: 
There has been little systematic study of the mechanisms typically used to raise money for charity. One of the most common is the simple raffle in which participants purchase chances to win a prize at a constant price. We conduct a field experiment randomly assigning participants to four raffle treatments to examine the effectiveness of alternative incentive schemes designed to encourage either participation or volume. Our results confirm the importance of incentives in that we find revenue gains are available on both margins. Our experiment, and others like it, illustrates the power of field experiments to inform fundraising choices.
Subjects: 
philanthropy
fundraising
incentives
public good
raffle
Tullock contest
field experiment
JEL: 
H41
D03
D64
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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