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Who gives? - The Roles of Empathy and Impulsiveness

James Andreoni (), Ann-Kathrin Koessler () and Marta Serra-Garcia

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Abstract: We investigate the impact of empathy and impulsiveness on charitable giving using a real donation experiment. We confirm that greater empathy predicts greater charitable giving. Contrary to recent literature, however, we find a significant negative relationship between impulsiveness and donation behavior. Specifically, when financial resources are scarce, donations are more often made by decisionmakers who are able to suppress an intuitively egoistic response.

Keywords: Charitable Giving; Donation; Empathy; Impulsiveness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D64 H40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp and nep-soc
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