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Successfully submitted for the award of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) to the Dublin Institute of Technology, 2005.

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This thesis explores the variable that affect the probability of donating and the variables that affect the size of donation by Irish households. The datasets employed are the Irish Household Budget Surveys, 1994/1995 and 1999/2000, which are analysed using a tobit model and a double-hurdle model with an inverse hyperbolic sine transformation. Between 1994 and 2000, Ireland witnessed a remarkable and well-documented economic boom. This thesis provides insight into how the determinants of charitable donations change in an economy such as the Republic of Ireland’s, which has undergone such rapid economic and cultural changes. To date there has been no prior econometric study of charitable donations carried out in the Republic of Ireland. In the late 1990s, charitable donations by Irish households did not keep pace with the booming economy. Although donations have increased by 18 per cent from 1994 to 1999, GDP grew by around 93 per cent for the same period. The average charitable donation as a percentage of disposable income has decreased from 0.79 per cent in 1994 to 0.54 per cent in 1999/2000. this thesis attempts to provide some insight into the characteristics that lead to charitable giving and presents a snapshot of the most probable and generous donors in 1994/1995 and 1999/2000. This thesis attempts to provide some insight into the characteristics that lead to charitable giving and presents a snapshot of the most probable and generous donors in 1994/1995 and 1999/2000. Results from this thesis have been presented to the International Society for Third Sector Research conference, Paris, France (27th-29th April, 2005), the Irish Economic Association conference, Kilkenny, Ireland (6th – 8th May, 2005), the Irish Society of New Economists conference, Dublin, Ireland (18th July, 2005) and the National council for Voluntary Organisations conference, Warwick, UK (31 August – 1st September, 2005

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