Professor Kimberley Scharf
Publications (from 2014)
- "Private Provision of Public Goods and Information Diffusion in Social Groups," International Economic Review 55, November 2014: 1019-1042. doi:10.1111/iere.12081
- "Impure Pro-Social Motivation in Charity Provision: Warm Glow Charities and Implications for Public Funding," Journal of Public Economics 114, June 2014: 50-57. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2013.10.002
- "Contextual Variety, Internet-of-Things and the Choice of Tailoring Over Platform: Mass Customisation Strategy in Supply Chain Management," (with Irene Ng, Ganna Pogrebna and Roger Maull), International Journal of Production Economics, 159, January 2015: 76-87. doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.09.007
- "The Price Elasticity of Charitable Giving: Does the Form of Tax Relief Matter?" (with Sarah Smith), International Tax and Public Finance 22 (2), April 2015: 330-352. doi:10.1007/s10797-014-9306-3
- "Online Fundraising. The Perfect Ask?" (with Abigail Payne and Sarah Smith), CAGE Discussion Paper Number 194, forthcoming in Social Economics, MIT Press, December 2015.
Working Papers (from 2014)
- "Are Donors Afraid of Charities' Core Costs? Scale Economies in Non-Profit Provision," (with Carlo Perroni, Ganna Pogrebna and Sarah Sandford), CEPR Discusssion Paper Number 10179 and CESifo Working Paper No. 5024, October 2014.
- "Relational Warm Glow and Giving in Social Groups," (with Sarah Smith), CEPR Discussion Paper Number 10051 and CESifo Working Paper No. 4879, July 2014.
Other Papers (from 2014)
- "An International Comparison of the Administration of Tax Expenditures," (with Nigar Hashimzade, Chris Heady, Gareth Myles, and Lynne Oates), ESRC Tax Administration Research Centre Briefing Report prepared for the National Audit Office, September 2014.
- "The Definition, Measurement, and Evaluation of Tax Expenditures and Tax Reliefs," (with Nigar Hashimzade, Chris Heady, Gareth Myles, and Lynne Oates), ESRC Tax Administration Research Centre Briefing Report published by the National Audit Office, June 2014.
- "The Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions in the UK," in Charitable Giving and Tax Policy: A Historical and Comparative Perspective (G. Fack & C. Landais eds), CEPR/Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015. Draft
Other Dissemination (from 2014)
- "The Ice Bucket Challenge," (with Sarah Smith) Society Now, ESRC, Autumn 2014.
- "Fixed Costs & Non-Profits’ Efficiency," The BIG blog, WMG, Warwick, 15/08/14.
- "Public Economics and Private Charity," Speakers for Schools, St. Francis of Assisi RCT College, 07/08/14.
- "The Big Lottery Fund and Fixed Costs," Big Lottery Fund Blog, Big Lottery Fund, 15/07/14.
- "How Donors Perceive Fixed Costs and What Your Charity Can Do About It: Q & A with Kimberley Scharf," JustGiving Blog, 07/01/14.
- "Religion and Charity," More or Less, Radio 4, 13/06/14.
- "Publishing in Peer Review Journals," Panelist at Lunchtime Session, Royal Economic Society Women's Committee, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference, Manchester, 09/04/14.
- "Scale Economies and Innovation Slowdown in the Charitable Sector," JustGiving/Warwick/Bristol Workshop on `Academic Insights into Fundraising,' 18/03/14.
- "Behavioural Responses of Donors to Tax Incentives for Giving," Focus, Charity Finance Group, 04/02/14.
- "Public Policy and Private Charity," Speakers for Schools, Stratford-Upon-Avon Grammar School, 11/02/14.
- "The Economics of Charity and Public Policy," Warwick Economics Society, 10/02/14.
- "Panel Debate – What Area of Research or Analysis has the Potential to Most Improve the Performance of Tax Administrations?" Invited panelist HMRC/ESRC International Tax Analysis Conference, London, 25/01/14.
Unpublished Working Papers
- "Rational Inattention to Subsidies for Charitable Contributions," (with Sarah Smith), IFS Workong Paper Number 2010.1007, July 2013 (first draft October 2009).
- "Viable Tax Constitutions," first draft in 2001. Later draft as CEPR DP 4210, 2004. Renamed later version sometimes appears in citations as "Taxation and Property Rights," (with Carlo Perroni), 2007.
- I am a theoretical and applied public finance economist who has a longstanding interest in issues that concern public policy, the economics of information, social networks, public goods, charity and property rights. I am particularly interested in understanding more about how public policy should be directed towards the social economy and how competitive forces shape the sector. My recent theoretical research on the structure of social groups, information transmission and private provision of public goods received quite a bit of attention in the press (e.g. Times of India and the Guardian) and I occasionally blog and tweet. Other recent projects— theoretical and applied—relate to the effects of social group structures and information transmission on the behaviour of individuals and groups, motives for giving, competition in the third sector, and analysis of various public policy prescriptions relating to the private provision of public goods. My research activities have been funded by the ESRC, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the British Academy, the European Research Council (Marie Curie program), HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs.