Ye Zhang, Economics and Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI, presenting “Raising Charitable Children: The Effects of Verbal Socialization and Role-Modeling on Children’s Giving,” co-authored by Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, Economics and Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI; David B. Estell, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Indiana University; and Neil H. Perdue, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Indianapolis.
Location: ES2101 (IUPUI) and SPEA 300K (IUB)
Time: 12n to 1:15p
This paper uses nationally-representative data from the PSID and CDS to estimate the causal effects of two parent socialization actions on children's charitable giving. We develop a framework that shows how different identifying assumptions about parental response to time-varying unobserved child heterogeneity can be combined with the child fixed effects estimate and the difference over time between siblings estimates to infer a bound on the causal effect of a parental socialization action. Under the identifying assumption we think is most reasonable, our estimates imply that talking to children about giving raises the probability that children give by at least .13. We find no evidence that parental role-modeling affects children's giving, except among non-African-American girls. The results have implications for raising charitable children, and suggest that translational research is needed to learn how role-modeling, known to be effective in the laboratory, can be used effectively in the home.