Introduction to Charitable Giving and Fundraising Special issue
This paper was published in Journal of Public Economics in 2011
James Andreoni, John List
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago, NBER
In this special issue of the Journal of Public Economics we hope to showcase the broad palette of approaches taken and questions asked about charitable giving in current economic research. The papers published here use administrative data in the tradition of public economics, field experiments with real donors to charities, and pure laboratory experiments. The questions addressed here will inform research on the effects of government tax and spending policies toward charities and donors, the organization of fundraising, the effectiveness of different fundraising tools, who gives, and what makes a donor say yes to a solicitation.