What are people buying when they give money away? Is pure altruism possible? Who benefits from grants to charities and subsidies to givers? Is religious giving different? Which fundraising approaches ‘wok’, and is more charity always better? Questions like these make philanthropy and fundraising among the most dynamic research areas in economics today. This research review guides students and scholars from the time when giving was seen as ‘irrational’, to the present when economics has fully embraced the complex and fascinating challenges of understanding why self-interested people can be so unselfish.
About this Research Review
About Elgar Research Reviews
Elgar Research Reviews consist of two principal components: a scholarly Review Article and a list of Recommended Readings.
The Review Article prepared by a leading scholar introduces the relevant field of academic study by making reference to the seminal and most transformative articles within that field. This piece sets in context the readings that follow, illustrating how they have shaped the scholarship and why they are important to the development of the field. The Recommended Readings have full references to facilitate further research.
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Finding a print version of the recommended readings
A print edition of this resource, which also includes the full text of the Recommended Readings in their original layout is available as a single print work, The Economics of Philanthropy and Fundraising: Volumes I & II, edited by James Andreoni (ISBN 978 1 78254 605 4). Use the Find This Book In Your Library button at the top of this page to see if it is available in your library. (The button only appears if your library has provided their link resolver details.)