Altruism born of suffering? The impact of an adverse health shock on pro-social behaviour
Elaine De Gruyter,
Dennis Petrie () and
Bristol Economics Discussion Papers from School of Economics, University of Bristol, UK
â€˜Altruism born of sufferingâ€™ (ABS) predicts that, following an adverse life event such as a health shock, individuals may become motivated to act pro-socially. However, this has not yet been examined systematically. Using data from the United States Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we find that a health shock does not lead to a general increase in pro-social behaviour. Instead, ABS is akin to a specific shock that affects giving to health charities, with an increase in the probability of giving and amounts donated to health charities coming at the expense of other non-religious charities.
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