Charitable Giving by the Poor a Field Experiment on Matching and Distance to Charitable Output in Kyrgyzstan

Discussion Paper SP II 2019–305 August 2019

56 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2019

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Maja Adena

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Rustamdjan Hakimov

WZB Berlin Social Science Center; University of Lausanne

Steffen Huck

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

Date Written: August 12, 2019

Abstract

Previous studies of charitable giving have focused on middle or higher income earners in Western countries, neglecting the poor. Despite this focus, the lowest income groups are often shown to contribute substantial shares of their income to charitable causes. In a large-scale natural field experiment with over 180,000 clients of a micro-lending company in Kyrgyzstan, we study charitable giving by a population that is much poorer relative to the typical donors that have been studied so far. In a 2x2 design, we explore two main hypotheses about giving by the poor: (i) that they are more price sensitive and (ii) that they care about their proximity to the charitable project. We find evidence in favor of the former hypothesis but not of the latter.

Keywords: charitable giving, field experiments, matching donations

JEL Classification: C93, D64, D12

Suggested Citation

Adena, Maja and Hakimov, Rustamdjan and Huck, Steffen, Charitable Giving by the Poor a Field Experiment on Matching and Distance to Charitable Output in Kyrgyzstan (August 12, 2019). Discussion Paper SP II 2019–305 August 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3436089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3436089

Maja Adena (Contact Author)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

Rustamdjan Hakimov

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

University of Lausanne ( email )

Quartier Chambronne
Lausanne, 1016
Switzerland

Steffen Huck

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

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