The Deadweight Loss of Christmas - Reply
CEGE - Discussion Papers, No. 361, December 2018
30 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2019
Date Written: December 24, 2018
In this paper, we study the welfare effects of Christmas presents with a focus on the effect of presents for gift-givers. Based on a survey among students at the University of Göttingen, Germany, we find that the vast majority of gift-givers prefers in-kind gifts compared to gifts of money. The average present in our survey has a price of 36 Euro and results in a "giver's surplus" of 10 Euro. This indicates a welfare gain of approximately 143% from the average giver's perspective. The welfare gain for presents to friends and partners is lower than for presents to close family members. Our empirical analysis shows a negative effect of a present's price on the welfare gain for gift-givers.
Keywords: presents, gift-giving, Christmas, welfare
JEL Classification: D61, D64, H42, Z1
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