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dc.contributor.authorMeier, Stephanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-12en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-23T08:01:04Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-23T08:01:04Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/55590-
dc.description.abstractOffering incentives to promote charitable giving (for example, to encourage donations to aid victims of natural disasters) is very popular among governments and private organizations. Many companies, for example, match their employees' charitable contributions, hoping that this will foster a strong willingness to donate. However, systematic analyses of the effect such a matching mechanism has upon voluntary giving are largely absent from the literature. Using a randomized field experiment, this paper tests the short-term and the long-run effects of matching charitable giving. The donations of a randomly selected group were matched, for one period, by contributions from an anonymous donor. The results support the hypothesis that a matching mechanism increases contributions to a public good. However, in the periods after the experiment, when matching donations have ceased, the contribution rate declines for the treatment group. In the end, the matching mechanism leads to a negative net effect on the participation rate. The field experiment therefore provides evidence suggesting that donors' willingness to contribute may be undermined by a matching mechanism in the long run.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aFederal Reserve Bank of Boston |cBoston, MAen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aWorking paper series // Federal Reserve Bank of Boston |x06-18en_US
dc.subject.jelC93en_US
dc.subject.jelD64en_US
dc.subject.jelH00en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordPublic goodsen_US
dc.subject.keywordfield experimenten_US
dc.subject.keywordmatching mechanismen_US
dc.subject.keywordcharitable givingen_US
dc.subject.stwSpendeen_US
dc.subject.stwTesten_US
dc.subject.stwMatchingen_US
dc.subject.stwSchweizen_US
dc.titleDo subsidies increase charitable giving in the long run? Matching donations in a field experimenten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn568820908en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US

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