Giving in South Africa: Determining the influence of altruism, inequality aversion and social capital

J.N. Tirivayi

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Abstract

I use data from the South African Social Giving Survey to investigate
the role of social capital and motivations for giving to formal
charities and beggars. Results suggest that both impure altruism and
inequality aversion positively influence giving to formal charities but
they have no influence on giving to beggars. The role of social capital
is varied. Members of informal insurance groups are more likely to give
to both charities and beggars, while members of formal community groups
are more likely to give to charities only. Members of interest groups
are actually less likely to donate to charities and prefer giving to
beggars.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaastricht
PublisherUNU-MERIT
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Publication series

SeriesUNU-MERIT Working Papers
Number064

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