Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144987
Authors: 
Scharf, Kimberley Ann
Smith, Sarah
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5952
Abstract: 
Much fundraising is done by individuals within existing social groups. Exploiting a unique dataset, we demonstrate (i) a positive relationship between social group size and the number of donations; (ii) a negative relationship between group size and the size of individual donations; (iii) no clear relationship between group size and the total amount raised. Free riding with respect to the activity being funded cannot explain the relationship between group size and donation size, since the number of social group members is only a subset of total contributors. Instead, the findings are consistent with the notion that giving in social groups is motivated by “relational altruism”.
Subjects: 
online giving
fundraising
social groups
donations
charity
altruism
JEL: 
D64
Z10
H31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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