Giving versus taking for a cause Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 Elsevier B.V. This study focuses on subjects' willingness to give to and take from a charity. We implement a "real donation" Dictator Game with initial endowments allocated in one of two ways: all to the subjects or all to the charity. Subjects are allowed to redistribute the endowments as they wish. We find that the initial allocation is irrelevant; final donations to the charities are nearly identical, in sharp contrast to similar research with an anonymous student recipient. Our findings imply that such framing no longer matters when a charity is substituted for an anonymous individual in the dictator setting.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Grossman, P. J., & Eckel, C. C.

citation count

  • 39

complete list of authors

  • Grossman, Philip J||Eckel, Catherine C

publication date

  • July 2015