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SPI 2020 JEBO Special Issue

In addition to submitting your paper for the SPI Conference, we are pleased to invite you to submit your paper for consideration for a special issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization tentatively titled, “The Economics of Charitable Giving”.  This issue will be promoted by the Science of Philanthropy Initiative, whose continuing goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the types of social preferences that shape philanthropic giving and to apply this knowledge to both practitioners and policymakers interested in philanthropy and the private provision of public goods.  In particular, we aim to assemble original research that uses economic theory, laboratory or field experiments to investigate social preferences that shape philanthropic giving (including altruism, reciprocity, inequity aversion, warm-glow giving, etc.), techniques charities may use to increase giving, the role of culture on giving, and development of social preferences (i.e., experiments with children/young adults). Topics that are also of interest are volunteerism, the organization of charities/how they operate, organ/blood donation, competition and charitable giving markets.

The production schedule is as follows:

  • Draft of paper to be presented at the SPI Conference will be due August 1, 2020. 
  • SPI Conference presentation of paper scheduled for September 16-17, 2020; location:   NCAA Hall of Champions, State Park, 700 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA.
  • The final manuscript must be submitted to JEBO through their Journal website no later than January 15, 2021, at which time your paper will go through peer review.
  • Authors should select “CHARITY” as article type, and also indicate in the cover letter that the manuscript should be considered for The Economics of Charitable Giving special issue.
  • June 30, 2021 authors will be notified of acceptance.
  • Publication is scheduled for 2022.

The article should be 30-35 pages long, double-spaced, including endnotes and tables.  Please contact Jamie Phillips phillipj@uchicago.edu with questions regarding this special issue.