On reminder effects, drop-outs and dominance: Evidence from an online experiment on charitable giving

Sonntag, Axel (2015). On reminder effects, drop-outs and dominance: Evidence from an online experiment on charitable giving. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-851767

This network project brings together economists, psychologists, computer and complexity scientists from three leading centres for behavioural social science at Nottigham, Warwick and UEA. This group will lead a research programme with two broad objectives: - to develop and test cross-disciplinary models of human behaviour and behaviour change - to draw out their implications for the formulation and evaluation of public policy. Foundational research will focus on three inter-related themes: - understanding individual behaviour and behaviour change - understanding social and interactive behaviour - rethinking the foundations of policy analysis. The project will explore implications of the basic science for policy via a series of applied projects connecting naturally with the three themes. These will include: - the determinants of consumer credit behaviour - the formation of social values - strategies for evaluation of policies affecting health and safety. The research will integrate theoretical perspectives from multiple disciplines and utilise a wide range of complementary methodologies including: - theoretical modeling of individuals, groups and complex systems - conceptual analysis; lab and field experiments - analysis of large data sets. The Network will promote high quality cross-disciplinary research and serve as a policy forum for understanding behaviour and behaviour change. IMPORTANT NOTE: The data set deposited does not contain all research output generated by the grant mentioned above, but the output of one sub-project. As the grant is still ongoing, the data sets of other projects will be made available once they have been completed.

Data description (abstract)

The data contains one observation for each of the 233 participants of this monetarily incentivized experiment. Participants were randomly recruited using ORSEE (Greiner B. The online recruitment system ORSEE 2.0 - a guide for the organization of experiments in economics. University of Cologne Working Paper Series 2004;10.) and the subject pool of the Centre for Behavioural Social Science (CBESS) at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. This pool contains mainly university students of various disciplines. Every participant provided written consent before participating in the experiment. Each person participated in one out of six between subject treatments. The experiment used a 3 x 2 full factorial design to analyze the effect of reminders (none, monthly or weekly) and the method of payment (one-off donation or standing order) on voluntary donations towards an international charitable organization. The total data collection lastet for 3 months. This dataset contains one data entry per participant, i.e. 233 rows in total.

Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Sonntag, Axela.sonntag@uea.ac.ukUniversity of East Angliahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-2875-8759
Research funders: ESRC
Grant reference: ES/K002201/1
Topic classification: Economics
Keywords: charitable donations, methodology, methods of payment, reminders, drop-out
Project title: Network for Integrated Behavioural Science
Grant holders: Chris Starmer, Abigail Barr, Uwe Aickelin, Robin Cubitt, Neil Stewart, Graham Loomes, John Gathergood, Nick Chater, Anders Poulsen, Theodore Turocy
Project dates:
31 December 201230 December 2016
Date published: 29 Jun 2015 16:30
Last modified: 14 Jul 2017 10:13

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