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Quality certifications for nonprofits, charitable giving, and donor's trust: experimental evidence

Maja Adena (), Jeyhun Alizade, Frauke Bohner, Julian Harke and Fabio Mesters

Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economics of Change from WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Abstract: In an experiment, we test the impact of quality certificates on donations to a charity. When presented with a quality certificate, participants chose higher donations by approximately 10%. This effect is significant for donations out of prize money and actual own money donations, and not significant but positive for own money intended donations. Moreover, this effect persists over time. We also find a nega-tive but not significant effect of information about certificate fees. We find that the certificate increases trust in the nonprofit organization. There is some evi-dence pointing to the causal role of trust for donation probability.

Keywords: non-profit certification; charitable giving; experiment; trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C99 D64 D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp and nep-soc
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