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A New Strategy for Reducing Selection Bias in Non-Experimental Evaluations, and The Case of How Public Assistance Receipt Affects Charitable Giving

Laura R. Peck, Ida D’Attoma, Furio Camillo, Chao Guo

We are grateful to the agencies that fund the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Atlantic Philanthropies for funding the collection of data in the first four waves of the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study (COPPS), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding the 2007 and 2009 data collection of the Center Panel as well as the dissemination of the 2005 data. We appreciate the research assistance of Andrea Mayo at Arizona State University (ASU) and Will Huguenin at Abt Associates Inc. We also acknowledge participants in the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs Research Colloquium, in the ASU Center for Population Dynamics Colloquium, participants at our Fall 2011 panel at the Research Conference of the American Evaluation Association, and in Abt Associates’ Journal Author Support Group for their useful input.

Policy Studies Journal 40, no. 4 (2012): 601-625

Giving and Getting: Charitable Activity and Public Assistance

Chao guo and Laura R. Peck

This study assesses the extent to which welfare recipients engage in giving money and time to charitable causes. Using the 2003 Center on Philanthropy Panel Study data, this study examines the effects of public assistance—holding constant earned income and demographic traits—on two major types of charitable activities: charitable giving and volunteering. Using a Tobit specification, as appropriate for this type of data, the authors use a creative differencing strategy in an attempt to overcome sticky issues of selection bias. Evidence is found that public assistance receipt tends to suppress monetary donations but may increase volunteer time.

Administration & Society 41, no. 5 (2009): 600-627