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Richer people really do give more

A new working paper finds that people with more income and more wealth really do give more money away. A summary of the paper in the Economist notes

The researchers found that wealthier people donate less to causes affiliated with religion and more to arts and educational ones. The best-off households directed around 33% of their giving towards religious groups and 11% to the arts, compared with 44% and 5%, respectively, for the poorest ones. Charities dedicated to basic needs and health received about 16% and 8% of donations, regardless of income level.

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Joseph Coletti / Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies

Joe Coletti is a senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation focused on fiscal policy issues. He previously headed the North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform initiativ...