2014 Conference Schedule



The 2nd SPI Annual Conference 2014

The Fairmont Hotel (Nov 7th) & The University of Chicago (Nov 8th)

Chicago IL

"The Power of Partnerships"



The conference will begin on Friday with a keynote by Professor Nicholas Epley, the author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want. Following the keynote, Friday morning will also feature a special session moderated by Professors Anya Samek and Michael Price on the importance of field experimentation in the philanthropic sector, and the power of partnerships. Researchers will present new findings about charitable appeals delivered through online networks, the use of incentives, gifts and information to increase donations, and many more. A poster session will highlight the research conducted by our researchers and their practitioner partners, and by graduate students. The conference dinner includes a keynote from Chuck Longfield, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist, Blackbaud, Inc.

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Friday, Nov 7th 2014 - Fairmont Hotel, Downtown Chicago.
08:30 - 09:00
Breakfast ( Rouge Room )
08:45 - 09:15
Welcome Remarks - Anya Samek & John List ( Rouge Room )
09:15 - 10:15
Keynote - Nick Epley ( Rouge Room )
10:15 - 10:30
Coffee Break ( Rouge Room )
10:30 - 12:00
Parallel Session 1
Session 1A - Rouge Room

Introduction to the Science of Philanthropy Initiative: New Directions
    Chair: Anya Samek, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Behavioral Economics in Application: Charity and Programming
    - Anya Samek, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bringing Behavioral Economics to Action
    - Terri Zhu, Louis Groceries

Pick, Click, Give: An Experiment in Alaska
    - Michael Price, Georgia State University
Session 1B - State Room

Science in the Lab: What Makes us Tick?
    Chair: Luigi Butera, University of Chicago

Taking or Giving? The Price of Giving: How Much do Individuals Dislike Taking?
    - Laura Razzolini,Virginia Commonwealth University

Status Quo Effects in Fairness Games: Reciprocal Responses to Acts of Commission vs. Acts of Omission
    - James Cox, Georgia State University

Bequest Philanthropy as Synthetic Family: Evidence from fMRI and Survey Experiments
    - Russell James, Texas Tech University

Re-thinking Fast and Slow: The Reverse Inference Problem with Reaction Times
    - Ian Krajbich, The Ohio State University

12:00 - 01:00
Lunch ( Rouge Room )
01:00 - 02:30
Parallel Session 2
Session 2A - Rouge Room

Practitioners and Researchers Working Together: New Discoveries
    Chair: John List, University of Chicago

Avoiding Overhead Aversion in Charity
    - Uri Gneezy, University of California, San Diego

How do Suggested Donations Affect Charitable Gifts? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Public Broadcasting
    - David Reiley, Google

Captains, Carbon, and Charity: A Field Experiment on the Impact of Information and Altruistic Incentives on Pilots’ Behaviors
    - Rob Metcalfe, University of Chicago

Session 2B - State Room

Choosing to Give
    Chair: Louis Putterman, Brown University

Nice Millionaires
    - Paul Smeets, Maastricht University

How to Recognize Donors to Increase Charitable Giving
    - Roman Sheremeta, Case Western Reserve University

The Freedom to Choose Undermines the Willingness to Redistribute
    - Alexander Cappelen, Norwegian School of Economics

Globalization & Altruism to the Poor in Developing Countries
    - Sera Linardi, University of Pittsburgh

02:30 - 02:45
Coffee Break
02:45 - 04:15
Parallel Session 3
Session 3A - Rouge Room

Friends Asking Friends: Online and Networked Giving
    Chair: Abigail Payne, McMaster University

Friends Asking Friends for Charity: the Importance of Gifts and Audience
    - Ragan Petrie, George Mason University

Network Nudges: Second and Third Order Social Effects in Charitable Giving Field Experiments
    - Michael Sanders, Harvard University

How Genuine is Our Generosity? Using Social Information to Discover Why People Give to Charity
    - David Klinowski, University of Pittsburgh

Session 3B - State Room

Why Do People Give?
    Chair: Paola Mallucci, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why Do People Give? Testing Pure and Impure Altruism
    - Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, IUPUI

Deconstructing Giving: Donor Types and How they Give
    - Lata Gangadharan, Monash University

The Distributional Preferences of Americans
    - Pamela Jakiela, University of Maryland

The Effects of Information and Culture on Giving
    - Neslihan Uler, University of Michigan

04:15 - 04:30
Coffee Break
04:30 - 05:30

SPI Partnership Challenge Projects
( Rouge Room )

Panel moderated by John List

05:30 - 06:30
Poster Presentations & Cocktail hour ( front of the International ballroom )
Research Posters
  • Amanda Chuan, University of Pennsylvania
  • Charis Li, University of Florida
  • David Klinowski, University of Pittsburgh
  • Doug Norton, Florida State University
  • Fatemeh Momeni, Purdue University
  • Gustavo Caballero, University of Calgary
  • Josie Chen, Brown University
  • Lea Cassar, University of Zurich
  • Lester Lusher, University of California, Davis
  • Michael Schreck, Analysis Group,
  • Shusaku Sasaki, Osaka University
  • Stephanie Heger, Washington University
SPI Partnership Posters

It's (Not) the Thought that Counts: A Field Experiment on Gift Exchange and Giving at a Public University
Jonathan Meer, Texas A&M; Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M; David Herberich, BeyondCore
Larry Cooper, Association for Former Students at Texas A&M

The Impact of Choice Set Size & Heterogeneity on Giving
Ayelet Gneezy, Elizabeth Keenan and Arseny Ryazanov, Rady School of Management at UCSD
Jon Behar, The Life You Can Save

Feeling Older, More Powerful, and Less Lost: Field Interventions Increase Pro-social Motivation
Szu-Chi Huang, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Ted Raymond, United Way

Determinants of Successful Need Profiles in a Local Cash Transfer Program
Tamar Krishnamurti and Nichole Argo, Carnegie Mellon University; David Klinowski, University of Pittsburgh
Megan Kashner and Emily Brittain, Benevolent

Bequest Giving
Sarah Smith, University of Bristol; Freddie Mitchell, University of Bristol; and Michael Sanders, Behavioural Insights Team.
Rob Cope, Remember a Charity

Using Behavioral Economics for Program Evaluation
Anya Samek, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kristy Kitzmiller and Terri Zhu, Louis' Groceries NFP

06:30 - 08:30
Conference Dinner
( International Ballroom )

Awards for Partnership Challenge

Keynote - Charles Longfield, Executive Vice President & Chief Scientist, Blackbaud, Inc

Saturday, Nov 8th 2014 - Saieh Hall at the University of Chicago
08:30 - 09:30
Breakfast ( 201 Graduate Commons )
08:30 - 09:00
Tours of Saieh Hall
09:30 - 11:00
Parallel Session 4
Session 4A - 021 Classroom

Communicating with Donors: What Works?
    Chair: Szu-Chi Huang, Stanford University

Fair weather avoidance: Unpacking costs and benefits in replication of 'Avoiding the Ask'
    - James Murphy, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Changing Mindset: Using Different Appeals to Increase Payments under Consumer Elective Pricing
    - Silvia Saccardo, University of California, San Diego

Intermediaries in Fundraising Inhibit Quality-Driven Charitable Donations
    - Lucas Coffman, Ohio State University

When Do Incentives Help Charitable Giving and When Do They Hurt?
    - George Newman, Yale University

Session 4B - 203 Classroom

How Does Generosity Develop Among Kids and Across Cultures?
    Chair: Avner Ben-Ner, University of Minnesota

How developmental neuroscience contributes to the understanding of generosity
    - Jean Decety, University of Chicago

Beware of Popular Kids Bearing Gifts: A Framed Field Experiment
    - Dan Houser, George Mason University

The Effect of Early Education on Social Preferences
    - Bertil Tungodden, Norwegian School of Economics

Parenting, Teaching or Peer Pressure A Real-Effort Field Experiment on Children’s Pro-Social Behavior
    - Ericka Scherenberg Farret, University of Texas, Dallas

11:00 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45
Parallel Session 5
Session 5A - 021 Classroom

Charity Strategies for Increasing Giving
    Chair: Dan Hungerman, University of Notre Dame

Holier Than Thou? Testing Models of Social Information in Charitable Giving using a Natural Field Experiment
    - Jim Andreoni, University of California, San Diego

A Field Experiment on Directed Giving at a Public University
    - Jonathan Meer, Texas A&M University

Social Distance and Quality Ratings in Charity Choice
    - Forrest Williams, Portland State University

Do Donors Prefer In-Kind? A Field Experiment on Paternalistic Giving
    - Laura Grant, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Session 5B - 203 Classroom

Volunteerism and Organ Donation
    Chair: Alex Imas, Carnegie Mellon University

Its All About the Relationship: Motivating Workers Who ‘Do Good’
    - Angela de Oliveira, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Rational Preferences or Moral Repugnance? The Effect of Empirical Evidence on Attitudes Toward Compensating Organ Donors
    - Mario Macis, Johns Hopkins University

Don’t Take ‘No’ For An Answer: An Experiment with Actual Organ Donor Registrations
    - Judd Kessler, University of Pennsylvania

The Effect of Charitable Giving on Workers’ Performance: Experimental Evidence
    - Gary Charness, University of California, Santa Barbara

12:45 - 01:30
Buffet Lunch ( 201 Graduate Commons )
01:30 - 03:00
Parallel Session 6
Session 6A - 021 Classroom

Hidden Motive for Giving
    Chair: Huseyin Yildirim, Duke University

Norms, Frames and Prosocial Behavior
    - Erik Kimbrough, Simon Fraser University

A Warm Glow in the After Life? The Determinants of Charitable Bequests
    - Sarah Smith, University of Bristol

Can Thank-You Gifts Crowd Out Intrinsic Motivation to Donate? Field Experiments on Optimal Thank-You Gift Fundraising Strategies
    - Matthew Chao, Caltech

Spending Money on Others Improves Cardiovascular Health
    - Ashley Whillans, University of British Columbia

Session 6A - 203 Classroom

Special Topics
    Chair: Daniel Martin, Paris School of Economics

Volunteering and Charitable Giving
    - Anya Samek, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    - Judd Kessler, University of Pennsylvania
    - Jonathan Meer, Texas A&M University

How much of a nudge? The welfare effects of social pressure and commitment
    - Sally Sadoff, University of California, San Diego

When Do Punishment Institutions Work?
    - Sarah Jacobson, Williams College

03:00 - 03:15
Special Coffee Break! Garrett's Popcorn