Research on Nudging People to Increase Donations to Effective Charities

post by Closed Limelike Curves · 2020-05-11T23:57:29.034Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW · No comments

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Hi, I'm wondering if people here know of any good research in behavioral economics or psychology on whether it's possible to increase the amount people donate to effective charities using small interventions, such as providing information or reminders. Thanks!

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answer by Aaron Gertler · 2020-05-12T11:38:31.659Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

My college thesis [EA · GW] was a literature review on research of this kind (though I can't promise that I caught everything at the time, and "at the time" was five years ago).

comment by Closed Limelike Curves · 2020-05-13T02:04:37.901Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks!

answer by mnoetel · 2020-05-18T02:08:07.046Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

So there's lots of small studies showing nudges work, but some studies say the same nudges are harmful. Instead, I'd recommend relying more upon evidence syntheses, when they're available. Some things that are 'strongly recommended' by theory and experts just don't stand up to the data (e.g., 'legitimising paltry contributions') because of counter-veiling forces (e.g., anchoring). A whole bunch of EAs finished this project earlier in the year to summarise all the evidence syntheses: https://psyarxiv.com/yxmva/ You might find it a useful summary.

comment by Closed Limelike Curves · 2020-05-21T02:02:34.560Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for the source!

answer by IanDavidMoss · 2020-05-12T12:47:20.519Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

I suggest you check out ideas42's research on this topic. It's funded by the Gates Foundation and there is more work underway now that I assume will be written up at some point.

comment by Closed Limelike Curves · 2020-05-13T02:04:22.312Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thank you so much – this is super useful!

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