Voluntary Giving And Economic Growth: Time Series Evidence For The US

This paper analyzes the sensitivity of US giving to both business cycle fluctuations and trend growth. With tax revenues as a point of reference, US giving constitutes a relatively stable source of revenue. Total giving is characterized by a business cycle volatility which is comparable to the moderate one of indirect taxes. However, this overall finding is composed of the respective sub-components' very different short-run GDP-elasticities. Individual and, to an even larger extent, corporate giving is quite sensitive to cyclical fluctuations.

Provided by: Centre for European Economic Research Topic: Big Data Date Added: Oct 2010 Format: PDF

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