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Giving once, giving twice: A two-period field experiment on intertemporal crowding in charitable giving

Adena, M; Huck, S; (2019) Giving once, giving twice: A two-period field experiment on intertemporal crowding in charitable giving. Journal of Public Economics , 172 pp. 127-134. 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2019.01.002. Green open access

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Abstract

We study intertemporal crowding between two fundraising campaigns for the same charitable organization by manipulating donors’ beliefs about the likelihood of future campaigns in two subsequent field experiments. The data shows that initial giving is decreasing in the likelihood of a future campaign while subsequent giving increases in initial giving. While this refutes the predictions of a simple expected utility model, the pattern is in line with a model that allows for (anticipated or unanticipated) habit formation provided that donations in the two periods are substitutes.

Type: Article
Title: Giving once, giving twice: A two-period field experiment on intertemporal crowding in charitable giving
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2019.01.002
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2019.01.002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: charitable giving, field experiments, intertemporal crowding
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068574
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