Giving versus taking for a cause

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This study focuses on subjects' willingness to give to and take from a charity. We implement a "real donation" Dictator Game with initial endowments allocated in one of two ways: all to the subjects or all to the charity. Subjects are allowed to redistribute the endowments as they wish. We find that the initial allocation is irrelevant; final donations to the charities are nearly identical, in sharp contrast to similar research with an anonymous student recipient. Our findings imply that such framing no longer matters when a charity is substituted for an anonymous individual in the dictator setting.

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Grossman, P. J., & Eckel, C. C. (2015). Giving versus taking for a cause. Economics Letters, 132, 28–30.

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