Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174007
Authors: 
Schulz, Jonathan F.
Thiemann, Petra
Thöni, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11097
Abstract: 
In an experimental setup we investigate the effect of two different choice architectures on donation decisions. In the treatment group, subjects can either specify a charity of their choice, or select one from a list of five well-known charities; in the control group we do not provide a list. In a sample of 869 subjects we find a large treatment effect: Offering a list of default charities doubles the fraction of donors, as well as the revenue for charities. We find that the treatment intervention particularly affects subjects who tend to make intuitive choices.
Subjects: 
charitable giving
donation
choice architecture
defaults
affective reactions
JEL: 
C93
D64
H41
L3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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