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Unofficial Development Assistance: A Model of Development Charities’ Donation Income

Arulampalam, W; Backus, PG; Micklewright, J; (2015) Unofficial Development Assistance: A Model of Development Charities’ Donation Income. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics , 77 (2) pp. 191-209. 10.1111/obes.12063. Green open access

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Abstract

The empirical literature on the determinants of charities’ donation income, distinguishing the charitable cause, is small. We consider the case of development charities specifically. Using a panel covering a quarter of a century, we observe a strong fundraising effect and a unitary household income elasticity. We find evidence that the conventionally identified ‘price’ effect may simply be the product of omitted variable bias. Our results further suggest that public spending on development crowds in private donations for development. We find a positive spillover effect of fundraising, suggesting the efforts of one development charity may increase contributions to other development charities.

Type: Article
Title: Unofficial Development Assistance: A Model of Development Charities’ Donation Income
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/obes.12063
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obes.12063
Additional information: © 2014 The Authors. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics published by Oxford University and JohnWiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473257
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