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Charitable Giving for Overseas Development: UK Trends over a Quarter Century

Anthony Atkinson, Peter Backus, John Micklewright (), Cathy Pharoah () and Sylke Schnepf ()
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Cathy Pharoah: City University London

No 3872, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Charitable giving for overseas development and emergency relief is important in the UK, being about a quarter of the size of government development aid. There has been a strong growth over time, reflecting the activities of development charities and the public response to a series of humanitarian emergencies. This paper examines how individual overseas giving has changed over the quarter century since 1978, using a newly constructed panel data set on donations to individual UK charities. When did the increase take place? Did the public respond to events such as Live Aid? Or has there been a steady upward trend as our society became more globalised? What form did the increase in giving take? Which charities have grown fastest? Have new charities displaced old? How do changes in giving for overseas compare with changes in giving for other causes such as cancer relief or animal welfare? What, if any, is the relation with Official Development Assistance?

Keywords: charitable giving; overseas development; philanthropy; UK (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D64 F35 L31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 51 pages
Date: 2008-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-his and nep-ltv
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