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Charitable giving, social capital, and positional concerns

Antinyan, Armenak ORCID:, Baghdasaryan, Vardan and Grigoryan, Aleksandr 2022. Charitable giving, social capital, and positional concerns. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 101 , 101929. 10.1016/j.socec.2022.101929

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Research on the effects of positional concerns on individuals’ attitudes and behavior in certain policy-relevant areas is lacking. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between positional concerns, charitable giving, and social capital. We use data from the “Caucasus Barometer” survey administered in three post-Soviet transition economies: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Our analysis proceeds in two phases. First, controlling for absolute income and other individual and household characteristics, we show an association between positional concerns and charitable giving as well as between positional concerns and social capital. Second, we use an instrumental variable model that uses heteroskedasticity-based instruments generated through Lewbel's method to provide supporting evidence of the causal impact of positional concerns on the outcome variables of interest. We find that the relative deprivation of a household can have negative impacts on its members’ charitable giving and social capital.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL:, Start Date: 2022-08-18
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2214-8043
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 16 August 2022
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 22:57

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