Procrastination of Generous Acts
Charitable giving is a central way in which individuals exhibit their generosity. Individuals engage in charitable giving several times over their lifetime, choosing not only how much to donate but also when to donate. Yet most research on charitable giving focuses on the decision whether or not to donate at a given point in time, ignoring that individuals often have a choice regarding the timing of their donation. The aim of this project is to examine individuals’ preferences over the timing of donations. This project will address two research questions: (1) How patient are individuals in their charitable giving? (2) Do individuals procrastinate their charitable donations? i.e., do they plan to donate in the future, but fail to do so? This project will develop a tool to elicit individual time preferences over charitable donations experimentally.
- “Time-Inconsistent Charitable Giving,” with Jim Andreoni (2016), NBER Working Paper No. 22824.
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- “The Threat of Exclusion and Implicit Contracting,” with Martin Brown (forthcoming) at Management Science.