Date of Original Version

7-2009

Type

Working Paper

Rights Management

All Rights Reserved

Abstract or Description

This paper provides an empirical analysis of the role that private benefits play in explaining charitable donations to large cultural organizations. We use a multiple discrete choice model with differentiated products, and estimate the model using a unique data set of donor lists for the ten largest cultural and environmental charitable organizations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. We find that private benefits that furnish social status to donors provide important incentives for donors to support the related charities.

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