Abstract Do government expenditures shift private philanthropic donations to particular fields of welfare? We examine this association in the first cross-country study to correlate government expenditures with the level of individual private donations to different fields of welfare using the Individual International Philanthropy Database (IIPD, 2016; Ncountry = 19; Nindividual = 126,923). The results of the descriptive and multilevel analyses support the idea of crosswise crowding-in; in countries where government expenditures in health and social protection are higher, more donors give to support the environment, international aid, and the arts. The level of giving to different sectors, however, is not associated with government expenditures. The results reject the crowding-out hypothesis and provide a nuanced picture of the relationship between government funding and philanthropic giving across different fields of social welfare. Introduction How is government spending associated with private donations in different fields of welfare? In an era of continued pressure on governments to decrease social welfare expenditure, the question whether private philanthropic donations can be seen as supplementary or complementary to government expenditure gains renewed importance (Salamon and Anheier, 1998; Young, 2000; Van Oorschot and Arts, 2005; Andreoni and Payne, 2011; Lecy and Van Slyke, 2013). Previous literature hypothesizes that generous government expenditure on public goods and services discourages private initiatives to create such goods and services (Künemund and Rein, 1999; Suanet et al., 2012). This assumption is known as the ‘crowding-out’ hypothesis (Abrams and Schitz, 1978; Warr, 1982; Roberts, 1984; Kingma, 1989; Andreoni, 1993; Brooks, 2004). Other research, however, rejects the crowding-out hypothesis by arguing that a well-developed welfare state promotes civil society (Van Oorschot and Arts, 2005). It posits that generous government expenditures encourage private engagement in the form of philanthropic contributions of money and time (Rose-Ackerman, 1981; Anheier and Toepler, 1999; Khanna and Sandler, 2000), and is referred to as the ‘crowding-in’ hypothesis. Despite a large number of empirical studies studying this relationship the debate is still unsettled. Systematic literature reviews show that estimates of the effects of government expenditures on philanthropic giving are widely disparate. They are context sensitive, or depend on the nature of the government expenditures and on the fields of welfare involved (Lu, 2016; De Wit and Bekkers, 2017). Also, the large majority of studies refer to data from the United States, and less is known about the relationship in countries with different welfare-state traditions (Bekkers, 2016; De Wit, 2016). Few studies have investigated the crowding-out hypothesis across countries. Due to the lack of available data sets, these studies only examined measures on the decision to give or not (Gesthuizen et al., 2008; Bredtmann, 2016; De Wit, 2016; Einolf, 2017; Pennerstorfer and Neumayr, 2017), or an aggregate measure of private nonprofit revenues (Sokolowski, 2013). To study how individual giving responds to government programs, information about the individual level of donations is required. Furthermore, many empirical studies examine aggregate measures of both government funding and individual donations, and it is unlikely that a relationship is unidirectional across all fields of welfare which are supported by government (Khanna et al., 1995; Khanna and Sandler, 2000; Brooks, 2004: p. 173; Lu, 2016). This study is the first that examines the relationship between government expenditures and the level of individual private philanthropic giving in different fields of welfare. The relationship we question is: To what extent is government spending associated with philanthropic donations? Using a new cross-country database, we are able to explore the association of government expenditure with (i) both the incidence and level of individual philanthropic donations, for (ii) different welfare sectors, and (iii) across 19 countries with a large diversity of government expenditures on welfare. After examining the relationship between government expenditure and private giving across 19 countries, we test the crowding-out hypothesis for different fields of welfare to understand how government expenditure may result in either crowding-out or crowding-in of private donations across sectors. We also examine ‘crosswise crowding-in’: whether increases in government expenditure in one field may lead to increases of individual donations in other areas. Theory Crowding-Out and Crowding-In The central argument in the crowding-out debate is that public initiatives discourage private initiatives, suggesting that increases or decreases in government expenditure may persuade donors to decrease or increase, respectively, their own contributions—to keep contributions to the public good constant. This assumption has been studied extensively from different disciplinary views, including economics and sociology. The crowding-out assumption follows a rational choice perspective supposing that donors gain utility from contributing to the public good (De Wit et al., 2017). Individual contributions to the public good can be made either mandatory, through government taxes, or voluntarily by philanthropic donations to nonprofit organizations providing that public good. If people are assumed to be purely altruistic and only care about realizing the public good, then increases in tax-financed government spending lead to a concomitant reduction of private donations, thereby keeping the total individual contribution (voluntary and involuntary) at the same level (Warr, 1982; Roberts, 1984). This assumption suggests a full crowding-out: that an increase or decrease in public expenditures by 1 dollar persuades purely altruistic donors to decrease or increase, respectively, their own philanthropic contributions by 1 dollar (Payne, 1998: p. 324; Brooks, 2004: p. 168). Another explanation for crowding-out suggests that donors hesitate to make donations to organizations receiving government subsidies, in contexts wherein such organizations are seen either as not viable or as the long arm of the government (Brooks, 2004: p. 172). Scholars also suggest organizations receiving government subsidies, decrease their fundraising efforts among the public, which result in decreased individual donations (Khanna and Sandler, 2000; Andreoni and Payne, 2011: p. 1545). There are arguments to expect partial rather than a full crowding-out. If individuals are not pure altruists and their motivations to give include private benefits such as the joy of giving, enhancing their reputation, or conforming with social norms or social pressure (Bekkers and Wiepking, 2011), they will give regardless of who else contributes to the public good. To the extent that donors derive such private benefits from the act of donating, their donations are less likely to be responsive to changes in contributions from a third party, such as other donors or the government (Andreoni, 1990; Payne, 2009). In contrast, the assumptions of crowding-in rely on the signaling value of government expenditure to imply a positive association between public and private expenditures. Donors generally prefer to give to organizations that are well established, which they perceive as being trustworthy especially when donors face information uncertainty. Government subsidies, in some contexts, are seen as a ‘seal of approval’ of the nonprofit organization (Schiff, 1990; Handy, 2000). In addition, nonprofits may gain significant scaling advantages in their operations due to government support, which might increase their scope and effect, thereby motivating donors who care about impact of their contributions (Rose-Ackerman, 1981; Anheier and Toepler, 1999; Khanna and Sandler, 2000). Furthermore, a positive correlation between government expenditures and philanthropic giving is expected by (neo)institutionalist theories, which posit that people adopt values and norms from the institutions surrounding them (Rothstein, 1998; Ingram and Clay, 2000). In this literature, attitudes towards social policies are shaped by the way a welfare state is structured (Arts and Gelissen, 2001; Jæger, 2006). Some countries prefer to spend more on healthcare, education, and other social issues (Baumol, 1996), and it could be that generous and universal welfare states ‘socialize’ people to be more benevolent. Hence, people in generous welfare states would develop stronger prosocial values that encourage philanthropy. The causal relationships between social values, welfare state generosity, and philanthropy are hard to disentangle. If the median voter theorem holds, political outcomes are in line with preferences at the center of the electorate’s political spectrum, and the choices in welfare-state spending express social values. If philanthropic giving is partly an expression of similar values, it is reasonable to assume that government expenditures and philanthropic giving will be positively correlated. The majority of prior studies examining associations between private and public spending find some form of partial crowding-out, meaning that a dollar of government grants crowds-out donations by less than a dollar (Brooks, 2004: p. 173), while other studies find no significant relationship (Brooks, 1999), and some studies find a crowding-in effect, i.e. that the level of government grants is positively correlated with private donations (Payne, 1998; Hughes and Luksetich, 1999; Andreoni and Payne, 2011). A recent meta-analysis that systematically reviews previous studies on crowding-out shows that the results are strongly shaped by methods used; for example, in experimental studies a one dollar increase in government expenditures is associated with an average decrease of about 0.64 dollars, while nonexperimental data analyses find a crowding-in effect of about 0.06 dollars on average (De Wit and Bekkers, 2017). The vast part of the empirical literature is based on within-country variance in government spending, and has not yet addressed questions about differences between countries. Those studies that have examined cross-country variance find either positive correlations or no statistically significant relationships between government expenditures and philanthropic donations (Gesthuizen et al., 2008; Sokolowski, 2013; Nguyen, 2015; De Wit, 2016; Einolf, 2017; Pennerstorfer and Neumayr, 2017). Some cross-country studies examine only Western countries (Gesthuizen et al., 2008; De Wit, 2016; Pennerstorfer and Neumayr, 2017), and it could transpire that these effects may not apply to other non-Western welfare state contexts. Using broader samples of developed and developing countries, both Sokolowski (2013) and Einolf (2017), find positive correlations across the board. However, these two studies show correlations only based on aggregate country-level statistics of individual giving behavior, which makes them vulnerable to the ecological fallacy (Piantadosi et al., 1988). In sum, different theoretical arguments lead to predictions of crowding-out or crowding-in and the following hypotheses: H1a: Crowding-out hypothesis: Higher levels of total government expenditures are associated with lower incidence of giving and lower levels of private donations across nations. H1b: Crowding-in hypothesis: Higher levels of total government expenditures are associated with higher incidence of giving and higher levels of private donations across nations. Effects for Different Fields of Welfare The crowding-out and crowding-in arguments are usually studied based on a donor’s total giving; however, there is reason to assume that changes in government expenditure affect private donations to various fields of welfare differently. Use of aggregated data may conceal or heighten different crowding-out effects in different sectors. For example, an aggregate finding of significant crowding-out does not preclude the possibilities that in one area donations have been completely crowded-out, in a second area there is partial crowding-out, and in a third area there is no impact of increases in government expenditures, or even a partial crowding-in. It may be expected that crowding-out is more likely in the area of social welfare when donors and government compete to provide similar public goods (Stadelmann-Steffen, 2011). In addition, when public service delivery is complex and target groups are heterogeneous, governments may leave service provision to nonprofit organizations, thus making crowding-out more likely (Young, 2000). However, in the areas of environment, the arts or international aid, philanthropic donors are less likely to be discouraged by government expenditures. In these sectors, the public goods produced are more akin to common goods to which value is added by enjoying directly or indirectly (arts, reduction of poverty, clean environment, etc.) or through their provisioning (Klamer, 2004). As such, donating to the fields of arts, environment, and international aid may be considered more of an expression of one’s values rather than a contribution to a public good in the standard economic sense, making them less susceptible to crowding-out, and more to crowding-in. There is some empirical evidence that the relationship between government expenditures and philanthropic donations varies across welfare areas. In a systematic literature review Lu (2016) shows that government expenditures and philanthropic donations are generally negatively related in the field of human services, while they are positively related in the fields of health and the arts. In his cross-national study, Sokolowski (2013) found crowding-in for social services, health, and education, but no effect in other fields. Empirical analyses on volunteering show that government expenditures discourage voluntary participation in social services and education, but stimulate participation in recreation and culture (Day and Devlin, 1996; Stadelmann-Steffen, 2011). Regarding differences between fields of welfare, we formulate the following hypothesis: H2: Social welfare crowding-out hypothesis: Higher levels of government expenditures are most strongly associated with lower incidence of giving and lower levels of private donations in the fields of social services and health. Effects between Fields of Welfare Based on the empirical evidence showing that changes in government expenditures affect private donations to different fields of welfare differently (Brooks, 2004: p. 173; Lu, 2016), we argue that expenditures in one field of welfare may be associated with increases in philanthropic giving to other fields of welfare, with the aggregate level of giving remaining constant. This effect has been labeled ‘philanthropic displacement’ (Sokolowski, 2013) or ‘crosswise crowding-in’ (Pennerstorfer and Neumayr, 2017). Underlying this assumption is the argument that people are impure altruists who have preferences for public good provision in more than one subsector. If multiple public goods have value in the eyes of donors, higher government support to one field could lead donors to decrease donations to this field, but increase donations to other areas. This is also a reasonable assumption if we believe that individuals have a philanthropic budget, or a mental account for philanthropic giving (Thaler, 1999). Supporting the notion of philanthropic displacement, Sokolowski (2013) notes that high levels of government expenditures in the ‘service’ sectors of education, health, or social assistance lead to higher private donations in fields like arts and entertainment, human rights, environmental issues, and religion. Based on similar grounds, Pennerstorfer and Neumayr (2017) argue that when public funding covers core-welfare fields, individuals may not necessarily reduce total giving, but instead donate to other related welfare issues, such as international aid. Results of a historical analysis on private donations in Sweden concur with these findings, concluding that increases in welfare state expenditure do not dampen private initiatives per se but rather displace civic engagement, resulting in higher levels of private giving in other fields (Vamstad and Von Essen, 2013). We thus hypothesize: H3: Crosswise crowding-in hypothesis: Higher levels of government expenditures in social services and health are associated with higher incidence of giving and higher levels of private donations to environment, international aid, and arts and culture. Data We use data from the Individual International Philanthropy Database (IIPD, 2016), a novel data set composed of synchronized and merged micro-level data sets on philanthropic giving from multiple countries. It includes data on 126,923 respondents from 19 countries, covering Australia (Lyons and Passey, 2007), Austria (Neumayr and Schober, 2009), Canada (CSGVP, 2004), France (Giving France, 2009), The Netherlands (GINPS05, 2006), the United Kingdom (Low et al., 2007), the United States (Wilhelm et al., 2005), Norway (Wollebæk and Sivesind, 2010), Finland (Auttaminen, 2008), Mexico (ENAFI, 2005), South Korea (The Beautiful Foundation, 2006), Japan (Japan Fundraising Association, 2010), Indonesia (Strauss et al., 2009), Taiwan (TSCS, 2009), Israel (Haski-Leventhal et al., 2011), Ireland (HBS, 2005), Russia (CSCSNS, 2010), Germany (Wagner et al., 2008; SOEP, 2011), and Switzerland (Stadelmann-Steffen et al., 2007). Compared to other existing cross-country data sets on individual donations (e.g. European Social Survey 2002 (ESS, 2002), Eurobarometer 2004 (European Commission, 2012), Gallup World Poll (CAF, 2017)), the IIPD has the advantage of containing information not only on the incidence of giving but also on the level of giving. All data pooled in the IIPD stem from (i) national representative surveys that (ii) deploy established modules to prompt for philanthropic donations and (iii) include a certain set of individual level characteristics.1 The data sets included in the IIPD have been collected between 2004 and 2010.2 From the descriptive statistics in Table 1, it can be seen that 63 per cent of the respondents donate to philanthropic causes across all countries. Table 1. Descriptive statistics Variables N Mean SD Minimum Maximum Donated 126,923 0.631 0.483 0 1 Amount donated 72,076 549.757 2,808.784 0.012 293,800.000 Donated to environment 41,911 0.144 0.352 0 1 Amount donated to environment 4,687 109.239 473.764 0.652 24,794.000 Donated to education 40,158 0.286 0.452 0 1 Amount donated to education 10,686 143.459 774.312 0.100 35,997.620 Donated to social services 43,848 0.474 0.499 0 1 Amount donated to social services 17,735 147.015 760.573 0.012 47,713.290 Donated to health 43,294 0.480 0.500 0 1 Amount donated to health 18,850 115.130 409.878 0.100 16,435.340 Donated to arts and culture 40,158 0.055 0.229 0 1 Amount donated to arts and culture 1,824 224.786 1605.350 0.130 61,985.000 Donated to international aid 42,649 0.154 0.361 0 1 Amount donated to international aid 5,271 229.057 522.562 0.223 17,259.980 Government expenditures per capita/1,000 126,923 10.858 8.600 0.225 30.403 Government environment expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 0.196 0.194 0.000 0.636 Government education expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 1.542 1.122 0.109 3.903 Government social protection expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 3.987 3.050 0.315 11.422 Government health expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 1.875 1.325 0.054 5.170 GDP per capita/1,000 126,923 19.638 14.656 0.975 49.095 Age 126,923 45.765 16.593 9.000 100.000 Education: low 126,923 0.285 0.452 0 1 Education: middle 126,923 0.475 0.499 0 1 Education: high 126,923 0.289 0.453 0 1 Male 126,923 0.489 0.500 0 1 Married 126,923 0.601 0.490 0 1 Household income 126,923 3.737 5.115 0 659.956 Variables N Mean SD Minimum Maximum Donated 126,923 0.631 0.483 0 1 Amount donated 72,076 549.757 2,808.784 0.012 293,800.000 Donated to environment 41,911 0.144 0.352 0 1 Amount donated to environment 4,687 109.239 473.764 0.652 24,794.000 Donated to education 40,158 0.286 0.452 0 1 Amount donated to education 10,686 143.459 774.312 0.100 35,997.620 Donated to social services 43,848 0.474 0.499 0 1 Amount donated to social services 17,735 147.015 760.573 0.012 47,713.290 Donated to health 43,294 0.480 0.500 0 1 Amount donated to health 18,850 115.130 409.878 0.100 16,435.340 Donated to arts and culture 40,158 0.055 0.229 0 1 Amount donated to arts and culture 1,824 224.786 1605.350 0.130 61,985.000 Donated to international aid 42,649 0.154 0.361 0 1 Amount donated to international aid 5,271 229.057 522.562 0.223 17,259.980 Government expenditures per capita/1,000 126,923 10.858 8.600 0.225 30.403 Government environment expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 0.196 0.194 0.000 0.636 Government education expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 1.542 1.122 0.109 3.903 Government social protection expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 3.987 3.050 0.315 11.422 Government health expenditures per capita/1,000 111,524 1.875 1.325 0.054 5.170 GDP per capita/1,000 126,923 19.638 14.656 0.975 49.095 Age 126,923 45.765 16.593 9.000 100.000 Education: low 126,923 0.285 0.452 0 1 Education: middle 126,923 0.475 0.499 0 1 Education: high 126,923 0.289 0.453 0 1 Male 126,923 0.489 0.500 0 1 Married 126,923 0.601 0.490 0 1 Household income 126,923 3.737 5.115 0 659.956 Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD Dependent Variables The incidence of giving is the binary measure of whether an individual gives to a philanthropic organization. The level of individual philanthropic donations, the amounts donated, is calculated in 2012 US Dollars. The sample is restricted here to individuals who indicated that they give, and non-donors are excluded by listwise deletion. The average yearly amount donated is USD 550, which is strongly influenced by outliers at the top of the distribution. While total amounts donated to nonprofit organizations are available for all countries, for a smaller number of countries we were able to distinguish the amounts donated in the areas (i) environment and animals, (ii) arts and culture, (iii) education and research, (iv) international (relief), (v) social services/welfare, and (vi) health. Donations are strongly skewed, so large donations would have a disproportionate influence on the regression results. If government expenditures were to have a different effect on donations at the very top of the distribution than they have on the bottom and the middle of the distribution, this would strongly bias the results. For the graphical presentation of the country averages, the amounts are ‘Winsorized’ for each country, which means that the top 1 per cent of the distribution is set to the border of the 99th percentile, making the average less sensitive to outliers (Tukey, 1962). For the regression models, we take the natural logarithm of the amounts as dependent variables (we calculate the log of the total amount and the log of the amounts in each area separately). Predictor Variables Data on government funding are adopted from the IMF’s Government Finance Statistics. The numbers for Korea do not appear in the IMF data and are adopted from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which uses the same operationalization. We use expenditures in the year 2003, so that the data reflect government spending preceding the measurement of philanthropic giving across all countries. Expenditures in the local currency are calculated in US Dollars using the exchange rates as of 1 January 2003 and are divided by the population to have the expenditures per capita. This broad measure of government expenditures reflects the size of welfare state efforts in different domains, which not only affect the direct funding of nonprofit organizations but also the broader social needs in the areas in which they are working. Besides total government expenditures, we use expenditures in different fields of welfare as defined in the Classification of Functions of Government (COFOG). We adopt IMF statistics on government expenditures to (i) environment protection, (ii) education, (iii) social protection, and (iv) health, which we match with giving in Sectors 1, 3, 5, and 6, respectively. Government expenditures are divided by 1,000 to use measures of comparable range. Both philanthropy and government efforts might be driven by a country’s economy. Therefore, we take gross domestic product (GDP) in US Dollars per capita (divided by 1,000) as a control variable, which is also adopted from the IMF Government Finance Statistics. Control variables at the individual level include age, education, gender, marital status, and the natural logarithm of income in US Dollars. In the regression analyses, respondents with missing values on any of these variables are excluded through listwise deletion. Analytical Strategy We explore the data to test our theoretical ideas as outlined in the previous section in two ways. First, we graphically explore our data, examining the correlation between government expenditures and aggregated average philanthropic donations. The average philanthropic donation per country is calculated based on both donors and non-donors, whose donation value is 0. Second, we run multilevel regression analyses to examine contextual effects while controlling for individual characteristics and allowing intercepts to vary across countries. The decision to give or not may differ from the decision how much to give. For example, financial considerations are likely to be more decisive for amounts donated than for the decision to make a donation (Petrovski, 2017). Therefore, we deploy separate multilevel probit regression models on the probability to donate and multilevel linear regression models on the amount donated conditional on donating. In the analyses of total giving and total government expenditures, we take the sum of donations to different sectors for each respondent. Respondents are clustered in countries, so random intercepts are added when estimating the association between government expenditures and philanthropic donations. For the probability to donate and the amount donated, respectively, the following multilevel probit regression model and multilevel linear regression model are deployed: P(Yij) = β0+ u0j+ β1Gj+ β2Cj+ β3Ii+ ɛij (1) and ln(Yij) = β0+ u0j+ β1Gj+ β2Cj+ β3Ii+ ɛij (2) in which Y is the likelihood of giving of respondent i in country j in Equation (1) and the amount donated by respondent i in country j in Equation (2); u0 is the country-specific intercept; G is government expenditures in US Dollars per capita divided by 1,000; C is the control variable on the country level, GDP per capita divided by 1,000; and I refers to the individual control variables. Because the natural logarithm of the amounts donated is used, the regression takes a log-linear form here. For the analyses on giving in different fields of welfare, a data set is constructed in which the units of analysis are combinations of respondents and sectors.3 Every sector in each country is treated as a unique cluster for which random intercepts are added: P(Yijs)=β0+u0js+β1Gjs+β2Cj+β3Ii+ɛijs (3) and ln(Yijs)=β0+u0js+β1Gjs+β2Cj+β3Ii+ɛijs (4) in which Y is the likelihood of giving of respondent i to sector s in country j in Equation (3) and the amount donated by respondent i to sector s in country j in Equation (4); and u0 is the country–sector-specific intercept. All probit and linear regression analyses are conducted with the R statistical software. There is an ongoing debate about the problems associated with multilevel models in comparative research (Bryan and Jenkins, 2016). With a number of countries below 20, we should be cautious with strong conclusions that hold for the total population of countries. The results can be taken as a first attempt to explore cross-country differences in the relationship between government expenditures and philanthropic giving. Results Aggregate Giving Figure 1 plots the average amount donated per country with total government expenditures as US Dollars per capita (upper panel) and as percentage of GDP (lower panel). In Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Korea, countries with relatively low government spending per capita, donations are low too. The United States and the United Kingdom have moderate government spending and relatively high donations. The average amount donated in the United States and the United Kingdom is higher than in countries with high government spending per capita like Switzerland and Norway. The correlation between amounts donated to philanthropic causes and government expenditures in USD per capita is r = 0.17 (n = 128,505, P < 0.01) in the total sample, and the correlation between amounts donated and government expenditures as percentage of GDP is r = 0.04 (n = 128,505, P < 0.01). Note that correlations among individual-level data points are slightly different from correlations on the country level. When we would look at country averages rather than microlevel data, the correlations are r = 0.17 (n = 19, P = 0.49) and r = 0.02 (n = 19, P = 0.93), respectively. Figure 1. View largeDownload slide Average philanthropic donations and government expenditures Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Figure 1. View largeDownload slide Average philanthropic donations and government expenditures Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Models 1–3 in Table 2 provide a more advanced statistical test of this relationship using probit and linear multilevel regression models. Intraclass correlations (Rho) from empty models (not shown) indicate that about 8 per cent of the variance in the likelihood to donate and 41 per cent of the variance in the amounts donated can be explained by country-level characteristics. The left panel displays results of probit models on the likelihood to be a donor. There is no significant association between government expenditures and the likelihood to donate, with the coefficient being ß = 0.04 in the model with full individual-level controls. The right panel displays the coefficients from linear models on the amount donated. Model 1 shows a positive correlation between government expenditures and donations. When controlled for GDP, which is positively correlated with both variables of interest, the association becomes negative and non-significant (Model 2). A strong economy enables both extensive government spending and generous philanthropic giving, so the correlation in Model 1 is a spurious one. Adding individual-level controls makes the main effect less strongly negative (Model 3). The coefficient is ß = −0.05, which means that a USD 1,000 increase in government expenditures is associated with a 5 per cent decrease in amounts donated, albeit non-significant. Thus, neither H1a nor H1b is supported by our data. Table 2. Probit and linear multilevel regression models on total giving Variables Probability Amount (ln) 1 2 3 1 2 3 Govt expenditures/1,000 0.009 0.019 0.040 0.067** −0.093 −0.053 (0.015) (0.039) (0.041) (0.032) (0.076) (0.089) GDP/1,000 −0.007 −0.036 0.110** 0.057 (0.025) (0.026) (0.048) (0.057) Constant 0.457* 0.490* −0.186 3.601*** 3.082*** 1.911*** (0.241) (0.268) (0.280) (0.523) (0.521) (0.613) Individual-level controls Yes Yes Observations 126,923 126,923 126,923 72,076 72,076 72,076 Number of countries 19 19 19 19 19 19 Rho 0.082 0.082 0.088 0.373 0.323 0.421 Variables Probability Amount (ln) 1 2 3 1 2 3 Govt expenditures/1,000 0.009 0.019 0.040 0.067** −0.093 −0.053 (0.015) (0.039) (0.041) (0.032) (0.076) (0.089) GDP/1,000 −0.007 −0.036 0.110** 0.057 (0.025) (0.026) (0.048) (0.057) Constant 0.457* 0.490* −0.186 3.601*** 3.082*** 1.911*** (0.241) (0.268) (0.280) (0.523) (0.521) (0.613) Individual-level controls Yes Yes Observations 126,923 126,923 126,923 72,076 72,076 72,076 Number of countries 19 19 19 19 19 19 Rho 0.082 0.082 0.088 0.373 0.323 0.421 Note: Individual-level controls: age, secondary education, tertiary education, male, married, income (Ln). Standard errors in parentheses. *** P < 0.01; ** P < 0.05; * P < 0.1. Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Giving to Different Fields of Welfare How is government spending in a certain field of welfare related to philanthropic giving in the same field? Figure 2 shows a scatter plot in which each point is a country–sector combination, with the average amount donated in this sector on the y-axis and the government spending in the same sector on the x-axis. Both government spending and philanthropic donations are relatively low in the environment sector. In some sectors, there are high government spending and low donations like in the social sectors in The Netherlands, France, and Norway. In other sectors, low government spending is related to high donations like the health sector in Canada, the educational sector in Australia, and the social sector in the United States. Donations and government expenditures in different fields of welfare correlate positive (r = 0.07, n = 157,014, P < 0.01) both when taking government expenditures per capita and when looking at government expenditures as percentage of GDP. Figure 2. View largeDownload slide Average philanthropic donations and government expenditures per field of welfare Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Figure 2. View largeDownload slide Average philanthropic donations and government expenditures per field of welfare Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Table 3 provides a more systematic test of the association. Across all sectors, government expenditures are positively associated with the likelihood of donating, which is statistically significant (ß = 0.13 in a model with full individual-level controls). Model 4 adds interactions with sectors, which are all statistically significant. The relationship with the probability of giving is most strongly positive for government expenditures on environment. The interaction terms of health and social services with government expenditures are most strongly negative, which is in line with H2 on social welfare crowding-out. Table 3. Probit and linear multilevel regression models on giving to fields of welfare Variables Probability Amount (ln) 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Govt expenditures per sector/1,000 0.127 *** 0.120 ** 0.129 ** 2.700 *** −0.022 −0.087 −0.068 −1.453 (0.043) (0.056) (0.059) (0.535) (0.055) (0.063) (0.071) (1.741) Sector: Environment ref Ref Sector: Education −1.050 1.367 (1.283) (1.634) Sector: Health 0.461 −0.363 (0.500) (0.878) Sector: Social services 1.852 *** −0.357 (0.566) (1.107) Education * government expenditures/1,000 −1.913 ** 0.594 (0.815) (1.871) Health * government expenditures/1,000 −2.435 *** 1.382 (0.541) (1.741) Social * government expenditures/1,000 −2.741 *** 1.409 (0.536) (1.763) GDP/1,000 0.004 0.129 −0.003 0.034* 0.017 0.023 (0.010) (0.059) (0.016) (0.018) (0.020) (0.029) Constant −0.905*** −1.005 *** −1.601 *** −2.234 *** 3.878*** 3.082*** 1.919*** 2.052** (0.114) (0.187) (0.446) (0.437) (0.210) (0.455) (0.505) (0.926) Individual-level controls Yes Yes Yes Yes Observations 157,392 157,392 157,392 157,392 49,725 49,725 49,725 49,725 Number of country-sectors 39 39 39 39 26 26 26 26 Number of respondents 40,899 40,899 40,899 40,899 27,453 27,453 27,453 27,453 Rho 0.177 0.177 0.177 0.132 0.225 0.196 0.208 0.242 Variables Probability Amount (ln) 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Govt expenditures per sector/1,000 0.127 *** 0.120 ** 0.129 ** 2.700 *** −0.022 −0.087 −0.068 −1.453 (0.043) (0.056) (0.059) (0.535) (0.055) (0.063) (0.071) (1.741) Sector: Environment ref Ref Sector: Education −1.050 1.367 (1.283) (1.634) Sector: Health 0.461 −0.363 (0.500) (0.878) Sector: Social services 1.852 *** −0.357 (0.566) (1.107) Education * government expenditures/1,000 −1.913 ** 0.594 (0.815) (1.871) Health * government expenditures/1,000 −2.435 *** 1.382 (0.541) (1.741) Social * government expenditures/1,000 −2.741 *** 1.409 (0.536) (1.763) GDP/1,000 0.004 0.129 −0.003 0.034* 0.017 0.023 (0.010) (0.059) (0.016) (0.018) (0.020) (0.029) Constant −0.905*** −1.005 *** −1.601 *** −2.234 *** 3.878*** 3.082*** 1.919*** 2.052** (0.114) (0.187) (0.446) (0.437) (0.210) (0.455) (0.505) (0.926) Individual-level controls Yes Yes Yes Yes Observations 157,392 157,392 157,392 157,392 49,725 49,725 49,725 49,725 Number of country-sectors 39 39 39 39 26 26 26 26 Number of respondents 40,899 40,899 40,899 40,899 27,453 27,453 27,453 27,453 Rho 0.177 0.177 0.177 0.132 0.225 0.196 0.208 0.242 Note: Individual-level controls: age, secondary education, tertiary education, male, married, income (Ln). Standard errors in parentheses. ***P < 0.01; **P < 0.05; *P < 0.1. Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD The right panel of Table 3 shows coefficients of the relationships with the amount donated. Government expenditures and donations are negatively associated, but this is not statistically significant. The coefficient is ß = −0.07 in the model with full controls, which is equivalent to a decrease of 7 per cent in donations with every USD 1,000 increase in government expenditures. The relationship is less strongly negative in the fields of social services and health, which is opposite of the expectation in the social welfare crowding-out hypothesis H2. None of the interaction terms, however, are statistically significant. Effects between Fields of Welfare Next, we look at the argument of crosswise crowding-in, which states that government funding of core welfare state issues drives donations toward other sectors. Figure 3 plots social protection and health expenditures with philanthropic giving to nonprofits in the fields of social services and health (grey pluses) and environment, international relief, and arts and culture (black dots). We would expect that government expenditures for social protection and health are negatively related to donations in the field of social services and health but positively related to donations in the other fields. There seems to be some empirical support for this argument. Countries with high domestic social welfare expenditures tend to have lower donations to social services and health but higher donations to sectors like international aid and environment. Figure 3. View largeDownload slide Average philanthropic donations per sector and government expenditures to social protection and health Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Figure 3. View largeDownload slide Average philanthropic donations per sector and government expenditures to social protection and health Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Table 4 provides a statistical test of this crosswise crowding-in. Here, we take donations to environment, arts and culture, and international aid as the dependent variable. Health and social protection expenditures are positively associated with the likelihood to donate to environment, arts and culture, or international aid (ß = 0.15 in a model with full controls), which is in line with H3 on crosswise crowding-in. The amount donated to these fields, however, is not significantly affected (ß = −.02 in the full model). This suggests that stronger social welfare programs may drive donors toward the environment, arts and culture, or international aid, but do not lead to higher amounts donated to those areas, providing no support for H3. Table 4. Probit and linear multilevel regression models on giving to environment, arts and culture, and international aid Variables Probability Amount (ln) 1 2 3 1 2 3 Social protection and health expenditures/1,000 0.154 *** 0.108 * 0.146 *** −0.032 −0.077 −0.016 (0.030) (0.057) (0.056) (0.055) (0.067) (0.046) GDP/1,000 0.026 0.011 0.031 0.014 (0.020) (0.023) (0.026) (0.018) Age 0.006 *** 0.010*** (0.000) (0.001) Constant −2.342 *** −2.695 *** −3.193 *** 4.326*** 3.778*** 2.497*** (0.239) (0.302) (0.434) (0.469) (0.664) (0.477) Individual-level controls Yes Yes Observations 115,825 115,825 115,825 11,245 11,245 11,245 Number of country–sector combinations 28 28 28 17 17 17 Number of respondents 40,899 40,899 40,899 9,180 9,180 9,180 Rho 0.123 0.119 0.115 0.175 0.169 0.181 Variables Probability Amount (ln) 1 2 3 1 2 3 Social protection and health expenditures/1,000 0.154 *** 0.108 * 0.146 *** −0.032 −0.077 −0.016 (0.030) (0.057) (0.056) (0.055) (0.067) (0.046) GDP/1,000 0.026 0.011 0.031 0.014 (0.020) (0.023) (0.026) (0.018) Age 0.006 *** 0.010*** (0.000) (0.001) Constant −2.342 *** −2.695 *** −3.193 *** 4.326*** 3.778*** 2.497*** (0.239) (0.302) (0.434) (0.469) (0.664) (0.477) Individual-level controls Yes Yes Observations 115,825 115,825 115,825 11,245 11,245 11,245 Number of country–sector combinations 28 28 28 17 17 17 Number of respondents 40,899 40,899 40,899 9,180 9,180 9,180 Rho 0.123 0.119 0.115 0.175 0.169 0.181 Note: Individual-level controls: age, secondary education, tertiary education, male, married, income (Ln). Standard errors in parentheses. ***P < 0.01; **P < 0.05; *P < 0.1. Source: IIPD, IMF, OECD. Robustness Analyses We check for robustness of our results in three ways. First, we rerun each model excluding one country, or a cluster of countries at the time, because one influential cluster can drive the results in a certain direction. In our data, the United Kingdom and especially the United States seem to be influential cases in the probit models on the likelihood to donate. Among countries other than the United States and the United Kingdom, there is a positive correlation between government expenditures and philanthropic giving at the country level (β = 0.087, P < 0.05), only a weak correlation on the country-sector level (β = 0.107, P = ns), and no evidence of crosswise crowding-in (β = 0.009, P = ns). Second, to examine whether our choice to take the natural logarithm of the amounts donated affects the results, we also deployed linear regression models on the amounts donated in US Dollars, Winsorized at 99 per cent. These regression models yield similar results as the log-linear models indicating that government expenditures are not significantly associated with levels of philanthropic donations. Third, we use a different measure to account for a country’s economy. Because the survey data are collected in different years, the economic recession could have influenced levels of donation. Therefore, we reran each model twice, each time with either levels of unemployment in 2003 or the change in unemployment from the year preceding the survey to the year of the survey as control variable. These models do not yield substantially different results. Discussion and Conclusion This article contributes to the literature on different aspects of civic participation in the welfare state by exploring government spending as a correlate of philanthropic giving. Using a novel cross-country dataset, it is the first comparative analysis that (i) relates government spending to individual amounts donated and (ii) is able to examine correlations in a number of specific fields of welfare where different relationships may exist. We tested our hypotheses in multilevel regression models controlling for a country’s economy and individual characteristics. Overall, government spending and philanthropic giving are most likely to go hand in hand. While the relationship is not statistically significant on the aggregated country level, we find that government expenditures in specific fields of welfare are likely to go together with a large proportion of donors, even when controlling for GDP and individual-level characteristics. This confirms earlier findings with cross-national data sets on the likelihood to donate (De Wit, 2016; Pennerstorfer and Neumayr, 2017). Our analysis goes a step further, though, showing that the relationship between government spending and giving depends on the field of welfare studied. There is stronger crowding-in in the field of education and research, and, most strongly, in environment. In the social services and health areas, on the other hand, government spending does not strongly affect the number of donors. The study also provides evidence for the hypothesized crosswise crowding-in. Government expenditures in the areas of social services and health are associated with a higher number of donors in environment, arts and culture, and international aid, suggesting that high levels of social welfare spending in core-welfare fields drives donors toward other areas. This finding supports prior research (Sokolowski, 2013; Pennerstorfer and Neumayr, 2017) and the idea of donors as impure altruists. A substantial contribution of this study is the finding that, at least in this sample of countries, the amounts donors give to philanthropic causes are not associated with government spending. There is no significant relationship in a model with macrolevel and microlevel control variables when looking at total giving nor is there any evidence of correlations in specific fields of welfare—and this has never been studied before. If there would have been evidence for levels of philanthropic giving to be crowded-out by welfare state efforts, this would have supported arguments that private donations act as a substitute for government expenditures. It would be interesting to see the association between government support and donations in other contexts than the countries included in this study. Yet, based on the current results, there is no reason to believe that governments and philanthropic spending are competitive. An explanation for our findings might be that individuals have a more or less fixed budget for philanthropic giving (Thaler, 1999). In situations of low government funding, increasing total donations is not an option because that would exceed the household budget that is reserved for philanthropic giving. Within that budget, however, donors may choose their preferred philanthropic cause based on what they think is necessary and worthy. High government expenditures in social protection and health make donations in these fields less urgent, so more donors will choose organizations in the fields of environment, culture, and international aid instead of social service organizations. More research is needed to test such explanatory hypotheses. Despite the contributions this study makes, it has some limitations. First, the use of cross-sectional data with 19 countries has some weaknesses. The results are hardly generalizable, and one or a few exceptional countries can drive the results in a certain direction. The robustness checks showed that the United States and the United Kingdom are influential countries in our sample. Second, the database we used consists of national surveys that have been pooled to conduct cross-sectional analyses, an approach used for exploring questions that otherwise could not be studied due to lack of data (see Van Tubergen et al., 2004 for another example). Though all surveys included in the IIPD are nationally representative, differences between countries should be interpreted with caution. Different sampling methods (Abraham et al., 2009) and questionnaires (Rooney et al., 2004; Bekkers and Wiepking, 2006) may lead to differences in estimated donations, which might explain a part of the variance between countries. Third, it is difficult to deduce conclusions about the direction of causality. Both government support and philanthropic donations might be driven by the same underlying variables, which produce upwardly biased estimates. Previous studies dedicated a lot of effort to reduce this bias (Payne, 2009), although a meta-analysis did not find systemically lower estimates with techniques that account for endogeneity and omitted variable bias (De Wit and Bekkers, 2017). We are very well aware of the problems associated with cross-sectional research and multilevel analyses with a low number of clusters. However, the role of philanthropy in different welfare states is too important to neglect. In conclusion, our results reject the hypothesis of governments and philanthropic donations as substitutes. The association between government expenditures and the percentage of donors is robustly positive, and the magnitude of giving to different sectors is not crowded-out by government spending. The different effects found for the various fields of welfare showed that the capability and willingness of citizens to engage in voluntary private funding differ between types of public goods. Further research thus needs to differentiate between welfare areas when examining the question of crowding-out and crowding-in, as different mechanisms are at play here. Overall, by informing the debate about the role of philanthropic donations in light of changing government support, our findings suggest there is reason to be optimistic about productive government-nonprofit collaborations. Arjen De Wit is a PhD candidate at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. His dissertation focuses on the relation between government support and private charitable contributions. His broader research interests include philanthropy, volunteering, and social innovation. Michaela Neumayr is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Nonprofit Management at WU Vienna. Her research areas are charitable giving, philanthropy and society, nonprofits’ funding, and nonprofits’ roles in society. Femida Handy is a Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the PhD program. Her research and teaching focus on the economics of the nonprofit sector, volunteering, philanthropy, nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, and microfinance. Pamala Wiepking is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Business-Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her main topic of interest is philanthropy: the voluntary private contributions of people and companies primarily directed at benefiting the collective good. She studies philanthropy from a cross-national and interdisciplinary perspective. Footnotes 1 While all surveys pooled meet these criteria, research on private philanthropy is sensitive to methodology and measurement issues (Hall, 2001; Kennedy and Vargus, 2001; Rooney et al., 2001; Wilhelm, 2007).This particularly refers to the length of the module prompting for giving (solely one question or a ‘method’-or ‘area’-module), the period of time the prompt refers to and the type of data collection (Kirsch et al., 2001; Rooney et al., 2004; Bekkers and Wiepking, 2006). While all surveys (except two) included in our data have used area-modules to prompt for donations, and most of them refer to the previous year in their prompts, the method of data collection (e.g. computer-assisted phone interviews, computer-assisted personal interviews, or computer-assisted survey interviews) differs across the surveys. More detailed information on this is provided in the documentation of the IIPD (Wiepking and Handy, 2016). 2 The years of surveys in different countries are as close to each other as data availability allowed for. 3 Note that individuals can donate to multiple sectors and therefore appear in the data more than once. Adding random intercepts for each respondent would make the model almost unidentifiable and does not lead to substantially different results. Acknowledgements The authors thank René Bekkers, Marjolein Broese van Groenou, Beate Völker, and participants of the ARNOVA conference in Washington (November 2016) and the ERNOP conference in Copenhagen (July 2017) for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article. The authors would like to especially thank Sohyun Park for her assistance in the synchronization of many of the data sets, and all other researchers either contributing data or assisting in the synchronization of the IIPD: René Bekkers, Steffen Bethman, Oonagh Breen, Beth Breeze, Chris Einolf, Zbignev Gricevic, Chulhee Kang, Hagai Katz, Michael D. Layton, Kuang-Ta Lo, Irina Mersianova, Una Osili, Anne Birgitta Pessi, Karl-Henrik Sivesind, Wendy Scaife, Zhongsheng Wu, and Naoto Yamauchi. Data for Taiwan analyzed in this research were collected in the fifth round, fifth wave 2009 survey of the research project ‘Taiwan Social Change Survey’. The project was conducted by the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica (data gathered before the first Year of the third Round were conducted by the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica), and sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology (formerly known as National Science Council), Republic of China. 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