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Charitable giving: Framing and the role of information

Claudia Keser and Maximilian Späth

No 424, University of Göttingen Working Papers in Economics from University of Goettingen, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the impact of information on the effectiveness of a taking frame in the context of charitable giving. In our laboratory experiment, either the decision maker (giving frame) or the recipient (taking frame) receives an endowment. In both cases, the decision maker can freely decide the final allocation of the money. In addition to the frame, we vary the level of information that we provide about the worthiness of the receiving charity. In keeping with our theoretical prediction, participants donate significantly more, when the decision is framed as taking rather than as giving. However, this framing effect is smaller, the more information we provide on the charity.

Keywords: Information; Giving; Taking; Charity; Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D64 D80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp and nep-ore
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