Publications (2014 - )

More giving or more givers? The effects of tax incentives on charitable donations in the UK, (with Miguel Almunia, Irem Guceri and Ben Lockwood), Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 183, March 2020.

Are donors afraid of core costs? Economies of scale and contestability in charity markets, (with Carlo Perroni, Ganna Pogrebna and Sarah Sandford), Economic Journal, vol. 129, May 2019, pp 2608-2636. 

Non-discriminatory donation relief and strategic commitment under political competition, (with Monica Giovaniello, Carlo Perroni and Al Slivinski), European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 58, June 2019, pp. 164-177. 

Does market size matter also for charities? (with Simon La Pointe, Carlo Perroni and Janne Tukiainen), Journal of Public Economics, vol. 168, December 2018, pp. 127-145. 

Relational altruism and giving in social groups, (with Sarah Smith), Journal of Public Economics 141, September 2016: 1-10.

Contextual variety, internet-of-things and the choice of tailoring over platform, (with Irene Ng, Ganna Pogrebna and Roger Maull), International Journal of Production Economics 159 January 2015: 76-87. 

The price elasticity of charitable giving: does the form of tax relief matter? (with Sarah Smith), International Tax and Public Finance 22, April 2015: 330-352. 

Private provision of public goods and information diffusion in social groups, International Economic Review 55, November 2014: 1019-1042.

Impure pro-social motivation in charity provision: Warm glow charities and implications for public funding, Journal of Public Economics 114, June 2014: 50-57. 

Donations to disaster appeals, (with Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm & Sarah Smith), forthcoming in The Economics of Philanthropy, (Kimberley Scharf & Mirco Tonin eds.), MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018.

The economics of philanthropy, (Kimberley Scharf & Mirco Tonin eds.), Cambridge MA 02142-1209, The MIT Press, 2018. 

Donations to disaster appeals, (with Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm and Sarah Smith). In: K. Scharf & M.Tonin, eds. The economics of philanthropy, Cambridge MA 02142-1209, The MIT Press, 2018. 

Online fundraising--the perfect ask? (with Abigail Payne and Sarah Smith). In: J. Costa-Font & M. Macis, eds. Social economics: Current and emerging avenues, Cambridge MA 02142-1209, The MIT Press, 2017. 

The tax treatment of charitable contributions in the UK, (with Sarah Smith) in Charitable Giving and Tax Policy: A Historical and Comparative Perspective, (Gabrielle Fack & Camille Landais eds.), Oxford University Press, September 2016.

The definition, measurement, and evaluation of tax expenditures and tax relief, (with Nigar Hashimzade, Chris Heady, Gareth Myles, and Lynne Oates), ESRC Tax Administration Research Centre Briefing Report, National Audit Office, June 2014

Kimberley Scharf

I am Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Head of the Economics Department at the University of Birmingham. I also am one of the Editors-in-Chief of International Tax and Public Finance

My research interests include: The economics of charitable giving, fundraising and philanthropy; public economics; social data science; international tax; political economy; and microeconomic theory

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Kimberley Scharf

Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Head, Economics Department

Director, NAO-Birmingham Tax Centre

Editor-in-Chief, International Tax and Public Finance

Department of Economics

University of Birmingham



B15 2TT

United Kingdom