Giving overseas and public policy

Atkinson, A.B. (2008) Giving overseas and public policy. Southampton, GB, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 17pp. (S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, A08/06).


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There have been spectacular large gifts by private individuals for overseas development in recent years, and remarkable numbers of people have responded to appeals by development charities. The aim of this paper is to consider how such overseas giving is best modelled and the implications for public policy. Existing theories of charitable giving provide insight but are not fully satisfactory as explanations of giving for development. A new “identification” approach to individual giving is proposed that combines the results focus of the public goods formulation with the scale of the warm glow model. The new model is used to examine the implications for public policy, including the extent to which official aid crowds out private giving and how public policy should respond to increased private willingness to make charitable transfers overseas.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: giving, development assistance, charities, social welfare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 63241
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
22 September 2008Published
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016 11:04
Giving to Development
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-155-25-0061)
Led by: John Micklewright
1 January 2006 to 31 December 2008

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