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  • Alcohol Expenditure, Generosity and Empathy 

    Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen; Robertson, Kirsten
    Existing studies suggest that alcohol dependency (or recovery from alcohol dependency) is associated with lower levels of empathy and generosity. We present results from a charitable donation experiment which shows that ...
  • Are Survey measures of Trust Correlated with Experimental Trust? Empirical Evidence from Cameroon 

    Etang, Alvin; Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen
    We analyze the correlation between survey-based measures of trust and behavior in the Trust Game in two villages in Cameroon. Some participants play the Trust Game with people from their own village, and others with people ...
  • Bilateral foreign aid: How important is aid effectiveness to people for choosing countries to support? 

    Cunningham, Harry; Knowles, Stephen; Hansen, Paul
    We conduct a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to determine how important aid effectiveness is to people relative to other criteria for choosing countries to support with bilateral foreign aid. We find that aid effectiveness ...
  • Can You Spare Some Change For Charity? Experimental Evidence On Verbal Cues And Loose Change Effects In A Dictator Game 

    Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen
    There is some evidence from field studies and natural experiments that levels of charitable donation depend on the method in which donations are solicited. There is also some experimental evidence that spending on private ...
  • Cost-(in)effective public good provision: An experimental exploration 

    Chan, Nathan W.; Knowles, Stephen; Peeters, Ronald; Wolk, Leonard
    This paper investigates the determinants of cost-(in)effective giving to public goods. We conduct a pre-registered experiment to elucidate how factors at the institutional and individual levels shape individual contributions ...
  • Deadlines, Procrastination, and Inattention in Charitable Giving: A Field Experiment 

    Knowles, Stephen; Servátka, Maroš; Sullivan, Trudy
    We conduct a field experiment to analyze the effect of deadline length on charitable giving. Subjects are invited to complete an online survey, with a donation going to charity if they do so. Participants are given either ...
  • Developing countries in need: Which characteristics appeal most to people when donating money? 

    Hansen, Paul; Kergozou, Nicole; Knowles, Stephen; Thorsnes, Paul
    A discrete choice experiment was conducted to discover the relative importance of five characteristics of developing countries, as suggested by the literature, considered by people when choosing countries to donate money ...
  • Dire Straits v The Cure: Emphasising the Problem or the Solution in Charitable Fundraising for International Development 

    Clark, Jeremy; Garces-Ozanne, Arlene; Knowles, Stephen
    We conduct a laboratory experiment to test the effect on charitable donations to international development NGOs (INGOs) of emphasising current deprivation in a developing country, versus emphasising the potential good a ...
  • Does Aid Work for the Poor? 

    McGillivray, Mark; Fielding, David; Torres, Sebastian; Knowles, Stephen
    This paper econometrically examines the impact of aid on the well-being of population sub-groups within 48 developing countries. This is a radical departure from previous empirical research of aid effectiveness at the ...
  • Does Charity Begin at Home or Overseas? 

    Knowles, Stephen; Sullivan, Trudy
    We conduct a field experiment to analyse whether a representative sample of the population has a preference for giving money to an international development charity or to a charity helping families in need in the home ...
  • Does social capital affect foreign aid allocations? 

    Knowles, Stephen
    This paper explores the issue of whether countries with high levels of social capital give more foreign aid than others. It is often argued that in countries with high levels of social capital (as measured, for example, ...
  • Does trust extend beyond the village? Experimental trust and social distance in Cameroon 

    Etang, Alvin; Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen
    In this paper we use experimental data collected in rural Cameroon to quantify the effect of social distance on trust and altruism. Our measure of social distance is one that is relevant to everyday economic interactions: ...
  • Erkin Bairam: 1958-2001 His contribution to economics 

    Knowles, Stephen; McCombie, John S L
    With Erkin Bairam’s untimely death on 21 May 2001 at the age of 43, New Zealand lost one its most distinguished and prolific applied economists. Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, most of Bairam’s working life was spent in the ...
  • Giving to Africa and Perceptions of Poverty 

    Etang, Alvin; Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen
    We conduct a simple experiment in which student participants are invited to give some of the money that they have earned to an international development charity. In different treatments, participants are given different ...
  • How Close to Home Does Charity Begin? 

    Brown, Pike; Grimson, Duncan; Knowles, Stephen
    This paper uses a field experiment to analyse the extent to which people are more inclined to support a charity focused on people or causes in their own region, compared to regions in other parts of the country. New Zealand ...
  • In Search of Competitive Givers 

    Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen; Peeters, Ronald
    Much of the theoretical and experimental research on charitable giving allows for three main types of donor: pure altruists, impure altruists, and pure warm-glow givers. For none of these types should donations be increasing ...
  • In Search of Effective Altruists 

    Genç, Murat; Knowles, Stephen; Sullivan, Trudy
    The effective altruism movement argues that people wanting to do the most good they can should donate to charities fighting poverty in poor countries overseas, rather than to charities helping people in need in wealthy ...
  • Inequality and economic growth: The empirical relationship reconsidered in the light of comparable data 

    Knowles, Stephen
    All of the recent empirical work on the relationship between income inequality and economic growth has used inequality data that are not consistently measured. This paper argues that this is inappropriate and shows that ...
  • Measuring aid effectively in tests of aid effectiveness 

    Fielding, David; Knowles, Stephen
    In the extensive empirical literature on aid effectiveness, aid is always measured as a share of GDP. However, measuring aid in real dollars per capita is also consistent with standard growth theory. We show that the choice ...
  • National environmental performance: a cross-sectional analysis 

    Grafton, R Quentin; Knowles, Stephen
    Using cross-country data from a sample of low, middle and high-income countries, the paper explores the empirical relationships between national measures of social capital (civic and public), social divergence and social ...