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Ambiguity and excuse-driven behavior in charitable giving

Thomas Garcia, Sébastien Massoni and Marie Claire Villeval ()
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Thomas Garcia: GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Université de Lyon - UJM - Université Jean Monnet [Saint-Étienne] - Université de Lyon - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Sébastien Massoni: QuBE - School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology

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Abstract: A donation may have ambiguous costs or ambiguous benefits. In a laboratory experiment, we show that individuals use this ambiguity strategically as a moral wiggle room to behave 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; Ambiguity; charitable giving; social preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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