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Title: Category Reporting in Charitable Giving: An Experimental Analysis
Keywords: Lab Experiment, Charitable Giving, Reporting Plans, Prestige, Warm Glow
Issue Date: 19-Jan-2009
Citation: LI JINGPING (2009-01-19). Category Reporting in Charitable Giving: An Experimental Analysis. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper attempts to provide a clearer picture of individualb s donation motivations, particularly the roles of private incentives such as warm-glow and prestige. Based on the theoretical work of Harbaugh (1998a), we adopt an extended Stone-Geary utility function to simulate donorb s utility, prestige, and optimal donations given different reporting plans. A series of laboratory experiments are designed to test the model and its predictions on different reporting plans. The experiments are conducted at Fudan University, China. Data from 141 participants show that the reporting plans have insignificant effects on the amount of donations, but category reporting changes peopleb s donation behavior. Different donation distributions under the category reporting plan and the category no reporting plan provide evidence of prestige effects.
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