August 7, 2012

What Country Gives the Most?

Posted in statistics tagged , at 2:37 pm by Every Cent Counts

No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data is available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as mush as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians.Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans.

These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American.

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