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)