Charitable giving around the world: Thoughts on how to expand the pie

John A. List, Michael K. Price

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One fact that has emerged in modern societies is that people help others. Whether it is donating a few dollars to help feed the poor or volunteering time to help rebuild someone's life after a natural disaster, people around the globe commonly lend a hand. This study provides an overview of that support, summarizing gifts of both time and money around the globe. We also highlight research that indicates useful ways in which we can enhance the charitable pie. Our discussion revolves around both individual giving and corporate philanthropy, but we focus on empirical insights from recent charitable fundraising field experiments in the Western World. We present information that is useful for policymakers, fundraising practitioners, and academicians.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberifr023
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalCESifo Economic Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Charitable giving
  • Field experiments

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