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

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22 September 2008Published
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:26
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