Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161333
Authors: 
Becchetti, Leonardo
Pelligra, Vittorio
Reggiani, Tommaso
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10710
Abstract: 
In this paper we study by means of a framed field experiment on a representative sample of the population the effect on people's charitable giving of three, substantial and procedural, elements: information provision, belief elicitation and threshold on distribution. We frame this investigation within the 5X1000 tax scheme, a mechanism through which Italian taxpayers may choose to give a small proportion (0.5%) of their income tax to a voluntary organization to fund its activities. We find two main results: a social information effect, since information on total donations received by the organizations in the previous year significantly increases the share of donors, and a distributional effect, leading, the information provision, to a significant increase in the share of donors to the organization reporting the lowest aggregate donations.
Subjects: 
charitable-giving
framed field experiment
social information effect
5X1000
JEL: 
C91
D64
H00
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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