Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK Trends Over a Quarter Century
Anthony B. Atkinson
University of Oxford - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
University of Warwick; University of Southampton
University of Southampton - Division of Social Statistics; European University Institute; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
City University London
Sylke V. Schnepf
University of Southampton - Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7087
Charitable giving for overseas development and emergency relief is important in the UK, being about a quarter of the size of government development aid. There has been a strong growth over time, reflecting the activities of development charities and the public response to a series of humanitarian emergencies. This paper examines how individual overseas giving has changed over the quarter century since 1978, using a newly constructed panel data set on donations to individual UK charities. When did the increase take place? Did the public respond to events such as Live Aid? Or has there been a steady upward trend as our society became more globalised? What form did the increase in giving take? Which charities have grown fastest? Have new charities displaced old? How do changes in giving for overseas compare with changes in giving for other causes such as cancer relief or animal welfare? What, if any, is the relation with Official Development Assistance?
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: charitable giving, overseas development, philanthropy, UK
JEL Classification: D12, D64, F35, L31working papers series
Date posted: February 17, 2009
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