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Ambiguity and excuse-driven behavior in charitable giving

Thomas Garcia, Sébastien Massoni () and Marie Claire Villeval ()
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Sébastien Massoni: BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - UL - Université de Lorraine - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement

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Abstract: A donation may have ambiguous costs or ambiguous benefits. Behavior in a laboratory experiment suggests that individuals use this ambiguity strategically as a moral wiggle room to act less generously without feeling guilty. Such excuse-driven behavior is more pronounced when the costs of a donation -rather than its benefits- are ambiguous. However, the importance of excuse-driven behavior is comparable under ambiguity and under risk. Individuals exploit any type of uncertainty as an excuse not to give, regardless of the nature of this uncertainty.

Keywords: Excuse-driven behavior; Charitable giving; Social preferences; Experiment; Ambiguity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-05
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Published in European Economic Review, Elsevier, 2020, 124, pp.103412. ⟨10.1016/j.euroecorev.2020.103412⟩

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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2020.103412

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