The Influence of Religiosity on Charitable Behavior: A COPPS Investigation
Jeremy P. Thornton
Samford University - Brock School of Business
April 1, 2012
The Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 41, Issue 4, August 2012, Pages 373–383
We examine the role of religion in charitable giving and find that the religious preference of both the donor and the recipient organization influence giving behavior. By exploiting a panel survey of charitable giving, we demonstrate that traditional empirical analysis on charitable giving masks important differences among donor groups. Religious giving by religious individuals is least responsive to changes in price and income, while secular giving by secular individuals has the greatest sensitivity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: charitable giving, elasticity, religion, COPPS
JEL Classification: Z12, H2, H31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 3, 2008 ; Last revised: October 10, 2012
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