This blog is to help me remember stories and papers and provide ideas for students taking the Behavioral and Experimental class. It will focus on behavioral and experimental economics, with the occasional gender story.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Paternalism, Dead Weight Loss of Giving and Giving Directly
While there are many articles on the dead-weight loss of Christmas (See Joel Waldfogel's paper of that title), my Coauthor Paul Niehaus, together with Michael Faye, Rohit Wanchoo, and Jeremy Shapiro investigates a similar idea on charitable donations, specifically to the poor in Africa.
His work has recently been featured in The Atlantic: Can 4 Economists Build the Most Economically Efficient Charity Ever? The premise on GiveDirectly is to "directly to the poor with no strings attached--no requirement to launch a business or to immunize one's child; no distribution of bed nets, solar lanterns, or goats."
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