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To What Do People Contribute? Ongoing Operations vs. Sustainable Supplies

Yuval Arbel (), Bar-El, Ronen (), Mordechai E. Schwarz () and Yossef Tobol ()
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Yuval Arbel: School of Business, Carmel Academic Center
Bar-El, Ronen: Open University of Israel
Mordechai E. Schwarz: Open University of Israel
Yossef Tobol: Jerusalem College of Technology (JTC)

No 12180, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We study how the objective of the contributions affects the willingness to contribute to real-life public goods. We conducted three treatments of a fundraising experiment among religious Jewish students in which the contributions were assigned to finance sustainable supplies and the ongoing operations of their campus synagogue. In each treatment, we informed the subject of the different allocation of their contributions between funding sustainable supplies and ongoing operations. The results show that contributions increase significantly with the share of contributions assigned to the procurement of sustainable supplies. We use the results to derive practical implications for the design of fundraising for public goods.

Keywords: experiment; Nash equilibrium; public goods; voluntary provision (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C73 C91 C92 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-02
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