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Peer effects and positive affect in charitable giving


December 18, 2012 BIT Staff

In a Christmas lecture, Warwick University Economics Professor, Kimberley Scharf, has called on the public to give more money to charity – and not just for the sake of the charities. In line with current research in behavioural economics and psychology, Professor Scharf argues that “not only will you help others, but you’ll feel better about yourself. And you’ll encourage others to give, and they’ll feel better about themselves…everyone’s happier.” Click here for the lecture. Click here for a paper on peer effects in charitable giving. Click here for a paper on happiness through spending money on others.

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