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Clarity in charity: A quantitative study of the causal effect of inheritance on charitable giving
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Charitable giving has been a subject of interest within economic research for decades. Economic resources have previously been proved to be positively correlated with the act of giving and this study aims to find a causal effect on donative behavior after a change in economic resources, using inheritance as a wealth shock. Panel data is obtained from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the research question is examined using a linear probability model and fixed effects. The conclusions reached in the paper are that an inheritance have a small positive effect on the probability to make a charitable donation. However, when examining the yearly effects, it is shown that the effect is only significant in the short-term.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
Charitable giving, Inheritance, Wealth, Income, Linear Probability Model, Panel Study of Income, Dynamics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-326442DiVA, id: diva2:1121196
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Available from: 2017-08-18 Created: 2017-07-10 Last updated: 2017-08-18Bibliographically approved

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