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Who Gives? On 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 decision-makers who are able to suppress an intuitively egoistic response.

Keywords: Empathy; Impulsiveness; Charitable Giving; Donation; Pro-Social Behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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