Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129817
Authors: 
Schulz, Jonathan F.
Thiemann, Petra
Thöni, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CeDEx Discussion Paper Series 2015-06
Abstract: 
In an experimental setup we investigate the effect of defaults on charitable giving. In the treatment group, subjects can either specify a charity of their choice, or select one from a default list of five wellknown charities; in the control group we do not provide the list. In a sample of 869 subjects we find that offering a list of default charities doubles both the fraction of donors and the aggregate amount of donations. These findings point to the importance of psychological factors like affective reactions in donation decisions.
Subjects: 
charitable giving
defaults
donation
affective reactions
JEL: 
C93
D64
H41
L3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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