The Influence of Religiosity on Charitable Behavior: A COPPS Investigation

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Sara Helms

Samford University

Jeremy P. Thornton

Samford University - Brock School of Business

Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: charitable giving, elasticity, religion, COPPS

JEL Classification: Z12, H2, H31

Suggested Citation

Helms, Sara and Thornton, Jeremy P., The Influence of Religiosity on Charitable Behavior: A COPPS Investigation (April 1, 2012). The Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 41, Issue 4, August 2012, Pages 373–383. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1294673

Sara Helms (Contact Author)

Samford University ( email )

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
United States

Jeremy P. Thornton

Samford University - Brock School of Business ( email )

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
United States
2057262128 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.samford.edu/business/directory/Thornton-Jeremy

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