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Ambiguity and excuse-driven behavior in charitable giving

Abstract : A donation may have ambiguous costs or ambiguous benefits. Behavior in a laboratory experiment suggests that individuals use this ambiguity strategically as a moral wiggle room to act less generously without feeling guilty. Such excuse-driven behavior is more pronounced when the costs of a donation -rather than its benefits- are ambiguous. However, the importance of excuse-driven behavior is comparable under ambiguity and under risk. Individuals exploit any type of uncertainty as an excuse not to give, regardless of the nature of this uncertainty.
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Thomas Garcia, Sébastien Massoni, Marie Claire Villeval. Ambiguity and excuse-driven behavior in charitable giving. European Economic Review, Elsevier, 2020, 124, pp.103412. ⟨10.1016/j.euroecorev.2020.103412⟩. ⟨hal-02548954⟩



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