What motives giving? Three things learned from field experiments with charity and foundation partners

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Drawing upon field experiments conducted in the online marketplace for giving with charity and foundation partners, the seminar presents evidence on motives and barriers to giving. Donors are willing to ask friends to give to their favorite charity, but not all ways of asking are equal. Offering matches for donations can motivate giving, but they are currently not designed to maximise donations. Donors have limited attention, and this can be costly to charities. Researchers and practitioners need to continue to collaborate to learn more about motives and impediments to giving.

Ragan Petrie is a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute at University of Melbourne and a Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University in the USA. Dr. Petrie is an applied microeconomist who uses field and lab experiments to research topics in public and labor economics, including motives for charitable giving, gender differences in bargaining and competition, discrimination, and the economic preferences of children. She serves as a co-editor at Experimental Economics and previously served as co-editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Dr. Petrie received her PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master’s in Public Policy from University of Pittsburgh.

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