Behavioral Economics Seminar: Some Causes are More Equal than Others? Behavioral Spillovers in Charitable Giving
The Behavioral Economics group at IFRO invite to open seminars with a range of subjects within Behavioral Economics.
Claes Ek, Doctoral student at Lund University, will give the presentation: Some
Causes are More Equal than Others? Behavioral Spillovers in Charitable Giving.
Interventions to encourage prosocial contributions are sometimes directed only towards a particular charity or activity, and may give rise to 'behavioral spillovers', affecting contributions through other channels.
In an experimental dictator game where subjects may donate to two different real-world charities, we simulate activity-specific interventions by varying the relative productivity of those charities, and introduce several treatments to test whether spillovers occur even across (possibly very) dissimilar alternatives.
We find that negative spillovers occur significantly in all cases, but that the effect is systematically weaker, the more dissimilar the charity alternatives are. In our most dissimilar treatment, it is only half as large as when alternatives are very similar.