What Happens To Charitable Giving In A Recession?

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It’s unsurprising that people donate less during a recession, but it turns out there’s more to this behaviour beyond our reduced incomes. In a recession, people tend to become more selfish, even if they aren’t personally affected by hard times. A study showed that those who were tasked with redistributing fictional wealth (playing “dictator games”) during a recession were less altruistic. And alarmingly, it seems to change us somewhat permanently; donations haven’t bounced back years after the 2008 recession! Read full article here

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