Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70223
Authors: 
Nunnenkamp, Peter
Öhler, Hannes
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research 117
Abstract: 
Apart from scaling up foreign aid by NGOs, informed choices of private donors could also encourage an efficient and targeted use of NGO funds in international development cooperation. We assess the determinants of private donations across a large sample of US based NGOs with foreign aid activities. OLS and 2SLS estimations indicate that donors hardly make use of publicly available information on NGO characteristics, notably the price of giving and the degree of specialization, when deciding on donations. They rather rely on the frequently offered option to designate donations to preferred purposes - even though this behavior would be rational only under conditions that are unlikely to hold.
Subjects: 
non-governmental organizations
specialization
private donations
informed choices
price of giving
option to designate
JEL: 
L31
F35
D80
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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