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As of September 26th, 2017 Kimberley Scharf is no longer a current member of the department


I have recently moved to the University of Birmingham but am still a Research Associate at CAGE. My new e-mail address is k.scharf<at>


Other News:

  • My contribution to the APPG on Responsible Tax is here
  • My VOXEU article on peer-to-peer fundraising is here
  • Slides from the CAF donor disaster appeals study are here
  • Took part in the 2016 Kilkenomics Festival-my panel was about "The Alternative to Banking: From Sharia to the Credit Union". Here's the link to the world's first economics and comed festival (highly recommended)
  • 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

Working Papers:

  • "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.

Publications (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), Social Economics, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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)

  • 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)