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Charitable giving for cultural goods: Asymmetric gender responses to votes on tax increases

Bryan McCannon () and Amir Borges Ferreira Neto

Economics Letters, 2021, vol. 204, issue C

Abstract: We examine the relationship between taxpayer support of cultural goods and charitable donations. Using a Dictator Game, subjects are paired with a real library as the recipient. Using outcomes from recent votes to increase property taxes to support local public libraries, we find a striking gender discrepancy. While slight reductions arise for both when the vote passes, female subjects increase their giving substantially in response to the ballot measure’s failure. This effect is driven by women donating all of their endowment more frequently.

Keywords: Charity; Dictator Game; Experiment; Library; Tax; Vote (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C99 H71 Z11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2021.109879

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