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Robert Dur: Wed. Oct 4th @ 12:30 PM 1199 NNH

Robert Dur

(Erasmus School of Economics; Rotterdam, Netherlands)

"Serving the Public Interest in Several Ways: Theory and Empirics"
Wed. Oct 4th 12:30-1:30 PM
1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall (WI Idea Room)

Robert Dur will discuss a theoretical model about how people differ in their altruistic preferences and can serve the public interest: 1) by making donations to charity, and 2) by taking a public service job and exerting effort on the job.

Dur, a professor at Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and colleague Max van Lent predicted that people who are more altruistic are more likely to take a public service job and, for a given job, make higher charitable donations. They also predicted that when comparing equally altruistic workers, those with a regular job make higher donations to charity than those with a public service job by a simple substitution argument.

Using the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (which contains data on self-reported altruism, sector of employment, and charitable donations for more than 7,500 workers), Dur and van Lent found support for most of their predictions.