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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 1 No. 2 (April 2009)

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What Determines Giving to Hurricane Katrina Victims? Experimental Evidence on Racial Group Loyalty

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Fong, Christina M., and Erzo F. P. Luttmer. 2009. "What Determines Giving to Hurricane Katrina Victims? Experimental Evidence on Racial Group Loyalty." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1(2): 64-87.

DOI: 10.1257/app.1.2.64

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We investigate the role of racial group loyalty on generosity in a broadly representative sample of the US adult population. We use an audiovisual presentation to manipulate beliefs about the race, income, and worthiness of Hurricane Katrina victims. Respondents then decide how to divide $100 between themselves and Katrina victims. We find no effects of victims' race on giving on average. However, respondents who report feeling close to their racial or ethnic group give substantially more when victims are of the same race, while respondents who do not feel close to their group give substantially less. (JEL D64, J15, Q54)

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Fong, Christina M. (Carnegie Mellon U)
Luttmer, Erzo F. P. (Harvard U)

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D64: Altruism
J15: Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
Q54: Climate; Natural Disasters; Global Warming

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