Charitable Dictators? Determinants of Giving to NGOs in Uganda

Lehrer, K. and Porter, C. (2018) Charitable Dictators? Determinants of Giving to NGOs in Uganda. Journal of International Development, 30 (1). pp. 80-101. ISSN 0954-1748

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We play a dictator game in Uganda with students, civil servants and individuals from the private sector. In the game, participants divide a sum of money between themselves and a local charity. In a turning a ‘blind eye’ treatment, participants are first given the choice of knowing the identity of the recipient. Finally, participants are asked whether they wish to additionally donate their own money. Contrary to many experimental findings, the average donation of non-students (civil servants) is significantly lower than that of students. Very few individuals donate their own money, despite 30 per cent of participants donating the full endowment.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lehrer, K., and Porter, C. ( 2018) Charitable Dictators? Determinants of Giving to NGOs in Uganda. J. Int. Dev., 30: 80– 101. doi: 10.1002/jid.3331. which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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