Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/218840
Authors: 
Adena, Maja
Alizade, Jeyhun
Bohner, Frauke
Harke, Julian
Mesters, Fabio
Year of Publication: 
2019
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization [ISSN:] 1879-1751 [Publisher:] Elsevier [Place:] Amsterdam [Volume:] 159 [Year:] 2019 [Pages:] 75-100
Abstract: 
In an experiment, we test the impact of quality certificates on donations to a charity. Compared to the control group, participants presented with a quality certificate chose higher donations by around 10% and reported higher trust in the same charity. The choice of donation values over time shows strong persistence such that the difference between the two groups remained even after all participants were informed about the certificate. Since the initially uninformed donors did not adjust their donations upwards to a sufficient extent, we conclude that quality certification is less likely to affect giving by existing donors. Finally, we find no significant negative effect of information about certificate fees.
Subjects: 
nonprofit certification
charitable giving
experiment
trust
JEL: 
D64
C99
D81
Published Version’s DOI: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Accepted Manuscript (Postprint)

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