Altruistic and Joy-of-Giving Motivations in Charitable Behavior

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David C. Ribar, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This study theoretically and empirically examines altruistic and joyof- giving motivations underlying contributions to charitable activities. The theoretical analysis shows that in an economy with an infinitely large number of donors, impurely altruistic preferences lead to either asymptotically zero or complete crowd-out. The paper then establishes conditions on preferences that are sufficient to yield zero crowd-out in the limit. These conditions are fairly weak and quite plausible. An empirical representation of the model is estimated using a new 1986–92 panel of donations and government funding from the United States to 125 international relief and development organizations. Besides directly linking sources of public and private support, the econometric analysis controls for unobserved institution-specific factors, institution-specific changes in leadership, year to-year changes in need, and expenditures by related organizations. The estimates show little evidence of crowd-out from either direct public or related private.

Additional Information

Publication
Journal of Political Economy
Language: English
Date: 2002
Keywords
Political Science, Economics, Charity, donations