Information, Belief Elicitation and Threshold Effects in the 5x1000 Tax Scheme: A Framed Field Experiment

45 Pages Posted: 1 May 2017

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Leonardo Becchetti

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Vittorio Pelligra

Universita di Cagliari - Department of Economics

Tommaso Reggiani

Masaryk University

Abstract

In this paper we study by means of a framed field experiment on a representative sample of the population the effect on people's charitable giving of three, substantial and procedural, elements: information provision, belief elicitation and threshold on distribution. We frame this investigation within the 5X1000 tax scheme, a mechanism through which Italian taxpayers may choose to give a small proportion (0.5%) of their income tax to a voluntary organization to fund its activities. We find two main results: a social information effect, since information on total donations received by the organizations in the previous year significantly increases the share of donors, and a distributional effect, leading, the information provision, to a significant increase in the share of donors to the organization reporting the lowest aggregate donations.

Keywords: charitable-giving, framed field experiment, social informationeffect, 5X1000

JEL Classification: C91, D64, H00

Suggested Citation

Becchetti, Leonardo and Pelligra, Vittorio and Reggiani, Tommaso, Information, Belief Elicitation and Threshold Effects in the 5x1000 Tax Scheme: A Framed Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10710. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2960519

Leonardo Becchetti (Contact Author)

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Via Columbia, 2
I-00133 Rome
Italy

Vittorio Pelligra

Universita di Cagliari - Department of Economics ( email )

V. S. Ignazio 17
Cagliari 09123, CA 09123
Italy

Tommaso Reggiani

Masaryk University ( email )

Zerotinovo nam. 9
60177 Brno, 603 00
Czech Republic

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.muni.cz/en/people/241092-tommaso-reggiani

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