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IAREP Workshop on: The economic psychology of giving, public goods and leadership

University of Kent, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 2009
Darwin College Conference Suite

The objective of this workshop was to explore the reasons why people give (or do not give) of their time and money for the benefit of others. To question, for example, why people give to charity or contribute to the provision of public goods. There were over 20 talks over two days including insights from economics, psychology and sociology. Financial support for the workshop was generously provided by the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology, and the British Academy (through a research grant on ‘Anonymous free riding in collective action problems’). The workshop organizers were Edward Cartwright andAnna Stepanova.

Friday 13th November

8:30 – 9:15: Registration, tea and coffee.

9:30 – 9:45: Opening remarks by Edward Cartwright.

9:45 – 11:00 Session 1

Beth Breeze ‘How do donors choose which charities to support?’.

Stephan Dickert (with Namika Sagara and Paul Slovic) ‘Affective Motivations to Help Others: A two-stage model of donation decisions’.

11:00 – 11:20 Break

11:20 – 12:30 Session 2A

David Rinaldi ‘Do European Donors Take into Account the Recipients Performance on Good Governance and Corruption? Evidence from Multilateral Aid Allocation’.

Nima Fallah (with Francis Munier) ‘The Role of Leadership in Communities of Practice (CoPs): the Council of Europe Case’.

Rongili Biswas (with Nicolas Gravel and Rémy Oddou) ‘The segregative properties of endogenous jurisdictions formation with a welfarist central government’.

11:30 – 12:30 Session 2B

Laura Concina (with Samuele Centorrino, Laura Concina, Racha Ramadan) ‘Leadership in Public Good Game: Is it Worth to Reward the Leader?’

Klemens Keldenich ‘Leadership and Communication in Ultimatum Games’.

Simon Halliday ‘’Punishment amidst Taking and Earning – Will it Survive?’.

12:30 – 13:40 Lunch

13:40 – 15:00 Session 3

Martin Sefton (with Daniele Nonsenzo) ‘Endogenous move structure and voluntary provision of public goods: Theory and experiments’.

Berthold Wigger (with Alexander von Kotzebue) ‘Charitable Giving and Fundraising: When Beneficiaries Bother Benefactors’.

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 16:15 Session 4A

Petros Sekeris ‘On the Feasibility of Power and Status Ranking in Traditional Setups’.

Régis Deloche (with Bertrand Crettez) ‘On the Optimality of a Duty-to-Rescue Rule and the Bystander Effect’.  

15:15 – 16:15 Session 4B

Alasdair Rutherford ‘Where is the Warm Glow? Donated Labour and Non-profit Wage Differentials in the Health & Social Work Industries’.

Christine Ho ‘Optimal Disability Insurance with Informal Child Care’.

16:15 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:50 Session 5

Fredrik Carlsson (with Haoran He and Peter Martinsson) ‘Is the dictator generous in the field? The role of windfall money in lab and field experiments’.

David Reinstein, (with Gerhard Reiner) ‘Reputation and Influence in Charitable Giving: An Experiment’.

Saturday 14th November

9:00 – 9:15 Tea and coffee.

9:15 – 10:45 Session 6

Kristina Leipold (with Marcus Dittrich) ‘Mind reading and Social Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Public Goods Game’.

Alessandra Smerilli ‘We-thinking and ‘double-crossing’. Frames, reasoning and equilibria’.

Amrish Patel ‘Charitable Giving and Seed Money Under Free-Rider Anonymity’.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 7

Anna Rabinovich (with Bernadette Kamleitner) ‘The impact of group identification on willingness to care for collectively owned good’.

Claudia Vogel ‘Responsibility, the Delegation of Power and Voting’.

Marie Valente ‘Green goods: are they good or bad news for the environment? Evidence from a laboratory experiment on impure public goods’

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Session 8

Wendy Iredale ‘Public good giving as a mate signal’.

Wei Hu ‘Other-Regarding Preference in the Dynamic Public Goods Game’.

Edward Cartwright ‘The way donations are publicized and giving to a threshold public good’.


  • Federica Alberti (Post-doc fellow, Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent)
  • Rongili Biswas (PhD student, Post-doctoral Fellow in Economics, POLIS, University of Eastern Piedmont)
  • Beth Breeze (Researcher, Centre for the Study of Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice, University of Kent)
  • Fredrik Carlsson (Professor of Economics, University of Gothenburg)
  • Edward Cartwright (Lecturer in Economics, University of Kent)
  • Laura Concina (PhD student, University of Venice)
  • Régis Deloche (Professor of Economics, Université de Paris Descartes)
  • Stephan Dickert, (Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn).
  • Nima Fallah (UN – Economic Commission for Africa and PhD Student University of Strasbourg)
  • Charles Figuières (Deputy Director of LAMETA)
  • Simon Halliday (PhD student in Economics, University of Siena)
  • Christine Ho (PhD student, UCL)
  • Wei Hu (PhD student, Toulouse School of Economics)
  • Klemens Keldenich (PhD student, Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Wendy Iredale (PhD student in psychology, University of Kent).
  • Kristina Leipold (PhD student, TU Dresden)
  • Alan Lewis (Professor of Psychology, University of Bath)
  • Erita Narhetali (lecturer in Psychology, Universitas Indonesia)
  • Amrish Patel (Post-doc fellow, University of Gothenburg)
  • Anna Rabinovich (Associate Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, University of Exeter)
  • David Reinstein (Lecturer in Economics, University of Essex)
  • David Rinaldi (PhD student, Catholic University, Milan)
  • Alasdair Rutherford (PhD Student in Economics, University of Stirling)
  • Martin Sefton (Professor of Economics, University of Nottingham)
  • Petros Sekeris (PhD student, Namur University).
  • Alessandra Smerilli (PhD student, University of East Anglia)
  • Anna Stepanova (Lecturer in Economics, University of Kent)
  • Marie Valente (PhD student in Economics, Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Claudia Vogel (PhD student, Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Berthold Wigger (Professor of Economics and Public Finance, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Wilson Wong (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter)

IAREP Workshop

IAREP Workshop on: The economic psychology of giving, public goods and leadership 13th and 14th November.

The School of Economics at the University of Kent held a successful IAREP sponsored workshop at the University’s Canterbury Campus in November. The workshop brought together researchers from psychology, economics and sociology interested in understanding why people give time or money to help others. There were 24 presentations over two days covering a diverse mix of approaches from theoretical economics to experiment psychology. The debate was lively and friendly throughout. Despite the diversity of approaches and backgrounds it was noticeable that many themes kept on recurring during the two days, and we briefly mention some of these:

One was how giving is influenced by the environment in which money is given. For example, Fredrik Carlsson compared giving in a Chinese supermarket to a Chinese experimental lab, Anna Rabinovich questioned whether giving is influenced by a sense of group identification, Wendy Iredale showed that men give more when observed by an attractive female, and Amrish Patel asked what happens if potential givers can free ride anonymously.

A second theme was how complex leader-follower relations can emerge in giving. For example, Martin Sefton reported experimental results in which subjects preferred to delay giving rather than be a lead giver, David Reinstein questioned whether giving changes if people can influence or be observed by someone who will subsequently give, and Wei Hu looked at whether giving in a dynamic public good game can be explained by other-regarding preferences.

A final theme, we shall mention, was that of a possible conflict between giver and receiver. For example, Berthold Wigger suggested that givers may be generous in order to ward off further solicitation, Beth Breeze looked at evidence on how people decide which charities to support, David Rinaldi questioned whether European donors give to corrupt governments, and Petros Sekeris analysed how giving can create a sense of power for the giver and shame for the receiver.

This covers only a random sample of the presentations, but the interests of brevity we will stop there. We would, however, highlight the encouraging and excellent presentations by the many PhD students at the workshop. We should also mention that the workshop fun was not all confined to the workshop venue.

To read more about the IAREP Workshop, click here.