Ukraine in-kind vs cash donations

Published: 4 August 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/jc8ptsryzv.1
Euthemia Stavrulaki,


Following a disaster that results in a humanitarian crisis, media coverage of the event is frequently followed by surplus donations of goods to charitable organizations. This flow of donations, a post-disaster phenomenon termed material convergence, often consists of large quantities of unsolicited and unwanted items that disrupt the distribution of more urgently needed goods. In this study, we conduct an experiment to evaluate whether this problem can be mitigated by media reports on the benefits of donating cash instead of goods. We find that such reports can significantly increase the proportion of cash donations, potentially reducing the material convergence problem.


Steps to reproduce

Analyzed using Stata 16 with code file attached.


Bentley University


Behavioral Economics