Who gives? A literature review of predictors of charitable giving. Part Two: Gender, family composition and income

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Pamala Wiepking Department of Sociology and Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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This is the second of two articles in which we present a comprehensive review of the multidisciplinary academic literature on philanthropy. In this article, we identify the following predictors of charitable giving by individuals and/or households: gender, family composition and income. For each predictor, we discuss the evidence for the mechanisms that may explain why the predictor is correlated with giving. We conclude with a brief agenda for future research.

Pamala Wiepking Department of Sociology and Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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