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Do Grants to Charities Crowd Out Other Income? Evidence from the UK

James Andreoni, A. Abigail Payne, Sarah Smith

NBER Working Paper No. 18998
Issued in April 2013
NBER Program(s):   PE

We present new evidence on the effect of grants on charities' incomes. We employ a novel identification strategy, focusing on charities that applied for lottery grant funding and comparing outcomes for successful and unsuccessful applicants. Overall, grants do not crowd out other income but the effect of grant-funding is not uniform. Looking in more detail we show first, that the positive effects of receiving a grant can persist for several years post-award; second, that grants have a stronger positive effect for small charities; and, third, that grants may have a more positive effect when they provide seed funding.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18998

Published: Andreoni, James & Payne, Abigail & Smith, Sarah, 2014. "Do grants to charities crowd out other income? Evidence from the UK," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 75-86. citation courtesy of

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