Altruism born of suffering? The impact of an adverse health shock on pro-social behaviour
Elaine De Gruyter,
Dennis Petrie () and
No 15535, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
'Altruism born of suffering' (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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