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Charitable giving for overseas development: UK trends over a quarter century

Atkinson, Anthony B., Backus, Peter, Micklewright, John, Pharoah, Cathy and Schnepf, Sylke (2011) Charitable giving for overseas development: UK trends over a quarter century. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, Online. ISSN 0964-1998

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2011.01009.x


Charitable giving is an important source of funding for overseas development and emergency relief. Donations in the UK are about a quarter of the size of government development aid. There has been strong growth over time, reflecting the activities of development charities and the public response to humanitarian emergencies. The paper examines how this charitable giving has changed since 1978, using a newly constructed panel data set on donations to individual UK charities. When did the increase take place? Did the public respond to events such as Live Aid or has there been a steady upward trend? What has been the relationship with changes in household income? Which charities have grown fastest? Have new charities displaced old? How do changes in giving for overseas compare with changes in giving for other causes?

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Additional Information: © 2011 Wiley-Blackwell
Divisions: STICERD
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D19 - Other
F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F35 - Foreign Aid
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2011 08:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:18

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