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Does the evaluability bias hold when giving to animal charities?

Spiteri, Glen William (2022) Does the evaluability bias hold when giving to animal charities? Judgment and Decision Making, 17 (2). 315 - 330. ISSN 1930-2975

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When evaluating a charity by itself, people tend to overweight overhead costs in relation to cost-effectiveness. However, when evaluating charities side by side, they base their donations on cost-effectiveness. I conducted a replication and extension of Caviola et al. (2014; Study 1) using a 3 (High Overhead/Effectiveness, Low Overhead/Effectiveness, Both) x 2 (Humans, Animals) between-subjects design. I found that the overhead ratio is an easier attribute to evaluate than cost-effectiveness in separate evaluation, and, in joint evalution, people allocate decisions based on cost-effectiveness. This effect was observed for human charities, and to a lesser extent, for animal charities.

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Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2022 10:57
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 14:12

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