Department of Economics Fall 2019 Seminar Series

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Date(s) - 09/27/2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

BSB 103, Behavioral Sciences Building


The Department of Economics Seminar Series for the Fall 2019 term kicks off Friday, 9/27/19. The seminars are open to everyone and are held in the Behavioral Sciences building, room 103, at 3:00pm.

September 27th’s speaker is Professor Linda Thunstrom. Thunstrom is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Wyoming. Her research interests include Public Economics, Health Economics, and Behavioral Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Umeå university, Sweden.

Thunstrom will be presenting her paper: “Thoughts and prayers – Do they crowd out charity donations?”

Abstract: Do intercessory thoughts and prayers crowd out charity donations to victims of a major catastrophe? Based on our experimental results for Red Cross donations to victims of hurricane Harvey, we find the answer is “yes” for prayers and “no” for thoughts. The crowding out from prayers is consistent with the argument that while prayers have a positive saliency effect on charitable donations, it is dominated by a negative substitution effect — prayers might, like donations, be perceived as directly helpful to recipients. Our results are robust to alternative frames of hurricane location but sensitive to the preference elicitation mechanism.