Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK Trends Over a Quarter Century

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Peter Backus

University of Warwick; University of Southampton

John Micklewright

Institute of Education; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Cathy Pharoah

City University London

Sylke V. Schnepf

University of Southampton - Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Anthony B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Abstract

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?

Keywords: charitable giving, overseas development, philanthropy, UK

JEL Classification: D12, D64, F35, L31

Suggested Citation

Backus, Peter and Micklewright, John and Pharoah, Cathy and Schnepf, Sylke V. and Atkinson, Anthony B., Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK Trends Over a Quarter Century. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3872, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315891 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Peter Backus

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Cathy Pharoah

City University London ( email )

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Sylke V. Schnepf

University of Southampton - Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) ( email )

Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Anthony B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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