On reminder effects, drop-outs and dominance: evidence from an online experiment on charitable giving

Sonntag, Axel and Zizzo, Daniel John (2015) On reminder effects, drop-outs and dominance: evidence from an online experiment on charitable giving. PLoS One, 10 (8). ISSN 1932-6203

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        We present the results of an experiment that (a) shows the usefulness of screening out drop-outs and (b) tests whether different methods of payment and reminder intervals affect charitable giving. Following a lab session, participants could make online donations to charity for a total duration of three months. Our procedure justifying the exclusion of drop-outs consists in requiring participants to collect payments in person flexibly and as known in advance and as highlighted to them later. Our interpretation is that participants who failed to collect their positive payments under these circumstances are likely not to satisfy dominance. If we restrict the sample to subjects who did not drop out, but not otherwise, reminders significantly increase the overall amount of charitable giving. We also find that weekly reminders are no more effective than monthly reminders in increasing charitable giving, and that, in our three months duration experiment, standing orders do not increase giving relative to one-off donations.

        Item Type: Article
        Additional Information: © 2015 Sonntag, Zizzo. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
        Uncontrolled Keywords: drop-outs,methodology,charitable giving,payment method,reminders,nudges,economics and econometrics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
        Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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        Depositing User: Pure Connector
        Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 14:00
        Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 11:05
        URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53988
        DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134705

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