Quotation De Wit, Arjen, Neumayr, Michaela, Wiepking, Pamala, Handy, Femida. 2017. Government Expenditures and Philanthropic Donations: Exploring Crowding-Out with Cross-Country Data. 8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP), Kopenhagen, Dänemark, 13.07.-14.07.


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A dominant hypothesis in the welfare state literature is that extensive government programs “crowd out” different forms of civic engagement. This paper examines the association between public funding and philanthropic donations, being the first cross-country study to correlate government expenditures with the level of individual private donations to different fields of social welfare. Using the new Individual International Philanthropy Database (IIPD), we explore the association between government expenditures and philanthropic donations to different social welfare sectors across 19 countries. The results of the descriptive and multilevel analyses support the hypothesis that in countries where government expenditures in health and social protection are higher, there are more donors in “expressive” sectors like environment, international aid and the arts. People in generous welfare states are more likely to donate, but they donate amounts that are similar to those made by donors in less generous welfare states. The results thus reject the crowding-out hypothesis and give a nuanced picture of the relationship between public funding and philanthropic giving across different fields of social welfare.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Government Expenditures and Philanthropic Donations: Exploring Crowding-Out with Cross-Country Data
Event 8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP)
Year 2017
Date 13.07.-14.07
Country Denmark
Location Kopenhagen

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Projects
Understanding Private Philanthropy in the European Context: What drives Charitable Giving and which Causes benefit?
People
Neumayr, Michaela (Details)
External
De Wit, Arjen (VU Amsterdan, Netherlands)
Handy, Femida (Unversity of Pennsylvania, United States/USA)
Wiepking, Pamala (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Organization
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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