SPI Working Paper Series

The SPI Working Paper Series showcases the research of PIs, affiliates and grant awardees in the area of philanthropy.

One of the primary goals of SPI is to facilitate new research collaborations between practitioners and researchers, and to increase the visibility of scholarly work on charitable giving among both academics and the civil society.

To achieve these objectives, we are launching a new SPI Working Paper series. The SPI Working Paper Series aims at serving a dual purpose:

  1. To provide a reference point for academics interested in experimental research on pro-social behavior and charitable giving;
  2. To encourage practitioners to team up with top scholars to use economic experiments to address questions that are relevant for both the academic and business community.

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#TitleDatePublishedSPI Funded
1Online fundraising, self-deception, and the long-term impact of ask avoidanceApr 2016
2Matching donations without crowding out? Some theoretical considerations, a field, and a lab experimentMar 2016
3Government Support and Charitable Donations: A Meta-Analysis of the Crowding-Out HypothesisNov 2015
4How do Suggested Donations Affect Charitable Gifts? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Public BroadcastingNov 2015
5Precursors to Morality in Development: A Complex Interplay between Neural, Socio-environmental, and Behavioral FacetsAug 2015
6The Development of Generosity and Moral Cognition across CulturesAug 2015
7Do Beliefs About Peers Matter for Donation Matching? Experiments in the Field and Laboratory Apr 2015
8A University-Wide Field Experiment on Gender Differences in Job Entry DecisionsApr 2015
9An EEG/ERP Investigation of the Development of Empathy in Early and Middle ChildhoodApr 2015
10Conformity in Charitable Giving: Evidence from Empirical Analysis of Japanese Online DonationsApr 2015
11Empathy and Motivation for Justice: Cognitive Empathy and Concern, but Not Emotional Empathy, Predict Sensitivity to Injustice for OthersApr 2015
12The Complex Relation between Morality and EmpathyApr 2015
13The Curious Relation Between Theory of Mind and Sharing in Preschool Age ChildrenApr 2015
14Altruism, Identity and Financial Return: An Experiment on Microfinance LendingMar 2015
15What Do Laboratory Experiments Measuring Social Preferences Reveal about the Real World?Feb 2015
16Avoiding Overhead Aversion in CharityJan 2015
17On the Origins of Dishonesty: From Parents to ChildrenJan 2015
18Once and Done: Leveraging Behavioural Economics to increase Charitable Giving ContributionsJan 2015
19The Neural Pathways, Development and Functions of EmpathyJan 2015
20The Neuroscience of Implicit Moral Evaluation and Its Relation to Generosity in Early Childhood Jan 2015
21Transaction Costs, the Opportunity Cost of Time and Procrastination in Charitable GivingJan 2015
22Voluntary and Mandatory Provision of Common Pool Resources with Heterogeneous AppropriatorsJan 2015
23Waiting to GiveJan 2015
24When Identifying Contributors is Costly: An Experiment on Public GoodsJan 2015
25Young, selfish, and male: Field evidence of social preferencesJan 2015
26The Importance of Being Marginal: Gender Differences in Generosity Dec 2014
27"Feel the Warmth" Glow: A Field Experiment on Manipulating the Act of GivingDec 2014
28"If At First You Succeed, Try Something Else" Shifting Motivation in Different Stages of Pro-Social CampaignsDec 2014
29A fundraising mechanism inspired by historical tontines: Theory and experimental evidenceDec 2014
30Deconstructing Giving: Donor Types and How They GiveDec 2014
31Does Price Matter in Charitable Giving? Evidence From a Large-Scale Natural Field ExperimentDec 2014
32Exploring the Origins of Charitable Acts: Evidence from an Artefactual Field Experiment with Young ChildrenDec 2014
33Field experimentsDec 2014
34Globalization & Altruism Towards the Poor in Developing Countries: an Experiment in IndiaDec 2014
35Good News, Bad News, and Social Image: The Market for Charitable GivingDec 2014
36How Can Bill and Melinda Gates Increase Other PeopleĆ­s Donations to Fund Public Goods? Dec 2014
37Increasing Charitable Giving in the Developed World Dec 2014
38Introduction to Charitable Giving and Fundraising Special issueDec 2014
39Introduction to field experiments in economics with applications to the economics of charityDec 2014
40Is a Donor in Hand Better than Two in the Bush? Evidence from a Natural Field ExperimentDec 2014
41Job Mission as a Substitute for Monetary Incentives: Experimental EvidenceDec 2014
42Matching and Challenge Gifts to Charity: Evidence from Laboratory and Natural Field Experiments Dec 2014
43Mental Accounts, Selective Attention, and the Mutability of Altruis: An Experiment with Online WorkersDec 2014
44On the Interpretation of Giving in Dictator GamesDec 2014
45Pursuing Charity Goals with Others: Motivation Resulting from Things Done Versus Things Left UndoneDec 2014
46Putting Behavioral Economics to Work: Testing for Gift Exchange in Labor Markets Using Field ExperimentsDec 2014
47Recognizing Contributors: An Experiment on Public GoodsDec 2014
48Sign Me Up! A Model and Field Experiment on VolunteeringDec 2014
49Testing for Altruism and Social Pressure in Charitable Giving Dec 2014
50The Effects of Seed Money and Refunds on Charitable Giving: Experimental Evidence from a University Capital Campaign Dec 2014
51The Hidden Benefits of Control: Evidence from a Natural Field ExperimentDec 2014
52The impact of challenge gifts on charitable giving: an experimental investigationDec 2014
53The Market for Charitable GivingDec 2014
54The Role of Social Connections in Charitable Fundraising: Evidence from a Natural Field ExperimentDec 2014
55Toward an Understanding of the Economics of Charity: Evidence from a Field ExperimentDec 2014
56Toward an Understanding of why Suggestions Work in Charitable Fundraising: Theory and Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment Dec 2014
57Using Lotteries To Finance Public Goods: Theory And Experimental EvidenceDec 2014
58Wallflowers: Experimental Evidence of an Aversion to Standing OutDec 2014
59Why Do People Volunteer? An Experimental Analysis of Preferences for Time DonationsDec 2014
60Working for "Warm Glow": On the Benefits and Limits of Prosocial IncentivesDec 2014

    * We update our working papers monthly.