A Note on the Theory of Charitable Fundraising: The Role of Refunds
Posted: 12 Apr 2001
Andreoni (1998) shows that a small amount of seed money from the government can generate substantial additional private donations towards the provision of a public good, when there is a threshold level of provision below which no benefits are achieved. We argue that Andreoni's solution can be extended to a mechanism where refunds are possible. We then argue that a greater bang per buck may be achieved if the seed money is targeted to cover the administrative costs of providing refunds.
Keywords: Public Goods, Seed Money, Threshold Level of Provision
JEL Classification: H41
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