The effects of economic austerity on pro-sociality: Evidence from Greece
Source of Publication
European Union Politics
The European sovereign debt crisis resulted in policies of fiscal austerity and economic downturn in Greece, marked by a prolonged period of recession and high unemployment. This article explores the social impact of the economic crisis, focusing on its effects on altruism using new household-level survey data and quasi-behavioral outcomes. We focus on the effects of joblessness, the most severe form of economic hardship imposed as a result of the crisis. Our findings reveal a strong relationship between job loss in the household and decreased altruism. We provide experimental evidence of these effects and of in-group bias in charitable giving as a result of joblessness. Our results show that joblessness intensifies survey respondents’ preferences for national as opposed to foreign charities.
Altruism, austerity, joblessness, solidarity
Sambanis, Nicholas; Nikolova, Elena; and Schultz, Anna, "The effects of economic austerity on pro-sociality: Evidence from Greece" (2022). All Works. 5339.
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Green: A manuscript of this publication is openly available in a repository