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Kimberley Scharf


About me:

I am a Professor of Economics at Warwick University, Editor-in-Chief of International Tax and Public Finance, Elected Member of Council of the Royal Economic Society, Elected Member of the Royal Economic Society's Women's Committee, and Elected Member of the Board of Management of the International Institute for Public Finance.

My main research interests are in the areas of:

  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Applied Microeconomic Theory
My CV is here.

Autumn Term 2016:

  • My office is in Room S1.119, which is in the Social Studies building.
  • Students that need to discuss things with me should come in person to my office hours, which are Thursdays 11am-1pm.
  • Please do not use e-mail to ask questions about course material and exams. Do feel free to e-mail me in order to make an appointment to see me if you are unable to attend my regularly scheduled office hours.
  • I do not reply to work related e-mails outside of my regular working hours, which are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Relational Altruism and Giving in Social Groups:

  • Published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of Public Economics - peer-to-peer fundraising success depends on how donors feel about the fundraiser, not the cause. See this September 2016 VoxEU article about it here.


Other News:

  • My contribution to the APPG on Responsible Tax is here
  • Slides from the CAF donor disaster appeals study are here
  • Google Tax Row - It's All About the Base (update February 11, 2016) on my Blog
  • Slides of my Keynote Lecture for the Fifth Workshop on Foundations, Torino, October 15, 2015 (PDF Document)
  • See the December 14, 2015 Wall Street Journal article that talks about my research on Tax Incentives for Giving

Finished/Submitted Papers (2014-present):

  • "Donations to Disaster Appeals" (with Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm and Sarah Smith), forthcoming in The Economics of Philanthropy (K. Scharf and M. Tonin eds.), MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018.
  • Online Fundraising – the Perfect Ask? (with Abigail Payne and Sarah Smith), CAGE Working Paper Number 194/2014, forthcoming in Social Economics, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2017.
  • "Do Disaster Appeals Reduce Other Donations? Evidence From the UK," (with Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm and Sarah Smith), mimeo, March 2017.
  • "The Price Elasticity of Charitable Donations: Evidence from UK Tax Records," (with Miguel Almunia and Ben Lockwood), mimeo, March 2017.
  • "Does Size Also Matter for Charities?" (with Carlo Perroni and Janne Tukiainen), mimeo, December 2016. R&R at the Journal of Public Economics, February 2017.
  • Relational Warm Glow and Giving in Social Groups, (with Sarah Smith), Journal of Public Economics 141, September 2016: 1-10. (PDF Document)
  • The Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions in the UK, (with Sarah Smith) in Charitable Giving and Tax Policy: A Historical and Comparative Perspective (G. Fack & C. Landais eds), Oxford University Press, September 2016.

  • The Price Elasticity of Charitable Giving: Does the Form of Tax Relief Matter? (with Sarah Smith), International Tax and Public Finance 22, April 2015: 330-352. (PDF Document)

  • 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. (PDF Document)

  • Private Provision of Public Goods and Information Diffusion in Social Groups, International Economic Review 55, November 2014: 1019-1042. (PDF Document)
  • Impure Pro-Social Motivation in Charity Provision: Warm Glow Charities and Implications for Public Funding, Journal of Public Economics 114, June 2014: 50-57. (PDF Document)

Other Recent Publications (2014-present):

  • 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, National Audit Office, June 2014. (PDF Document)

Other Papers:

  • "One or a Million? The Impact of Donor Wealth on the Crowdfunding Campaign in the Presence of Competition Among Charities," (with Carlo Perroni and Ganna Pogrebna), mimeo, June 2016.
  • "Rational Inattention to Subsidies for Charitable Contributions," (with Sarah Smith), IFS Working 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.