Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172522
Authors: 
Epperson, Raphael
Reif, Christiane
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 17-070
Abstract: 
Matching schemes, where a party matches the contribution of others, reduce the effective price of a good and aim to foster its demand. We review the empirical literature on the effectiveness of these schemes in the context of public goods, especially in the field of charitable giving. As different measures of effectiveness are used, we classify results according to (i) the level of public good provision, (ii) the amount of individuals' contributions, (iii) the likelihood to give and (iv) the contribution conditional on contributing a positive amount. Generalizing results is challenging, since context specific factors matter. Predominantly, a match is found to create a significant increase in public good provision without crowding out individuals' contributions, while the effect on the likelihood of giving and contribution condition on contributing a positive amount is nonnegative. The discussion reveals several avenues for future research, as putting stronger emphasizes on long term effects, public good competition or heterogeneity in responses.
Subjects: 
literature review
matching schemes
charitable giving
public goods
JEL: 
D01
D64
H41
L31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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