Volunteer Now or Later: The Effects of Effort Time Allocation on Donations

48 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2019 Last revised: 29 Aug 2019

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C. Monica Capra

Claremont Graduate University

Bing Jiang

Department of Economics and Business, Virginia Military Institute

Yuxin Su

Claremont Graduate University

Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

We study the effect of time flexibility on volunteering. Using an online experiment, we tested predictions of a model of inter-temporal volunteering. Consistent with our theoretical predictions, we find that flexibility in choosing when to allocate effort donations increases overall donations despite the added incentive to renege on a promise to donate. Furthermore, compared to monetary donations, donation rates are higher when people donate effort. We provide a framework for understanding these results.

Keywords: Charitable Donations, Volunteering, Flexibility, Dynamic Inconsistency, Warm Glow

JEL Classification: D6, C83, C90

Suggested Citation

Capra, C. Monica and Jiang, Bing and Su, Yuxin, Volunteer Now or Later: The Effects of Effort Time Allocation on Donations (August 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3423105

C. Monica Capra (Contact Author)

Claremont Graduate University ( email )

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Bing Jiang

Department of Economics and Business, Virginia Military Institute ( email )

Virginia Military Institute
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Yuxin Su

Claremont Graduate University ( email )

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