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In defence of charity which benefits both giver and receiver

Selfless motivations for charitable giving are often represented as being superior to selfish ones. But, we argue, evidence from the behavioural sciences suggests that such a ‘hierarchy of charity’ may stand in the way of what ultimately matters: generating the most impactful giving overall.

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Fig. 1: The world’s most generous countries.
Fig. 2: US charitable giving over time.

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Laffan, K.M., Dolan, P.H. In defence of charity which benefits both giver and receiver. Nat Hum Behav 4, 670–672 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0855-4

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