by Joseph Coletti
Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies, John Locke Foundation
Charitable giving is lower in places with competitive politics and giving declines among people when their party is in the minority, NC State professor Richard Clerkin and his co-authors found in a recent paper.
Another interesting aspect of the study is its presumption that taxes complement charitable giving, which means Democrats who choose to live in high-tax places may do so as a form of redistribution. This presumption is consistent with economics experiments in which participants choose higher taxes for the group as a way to combat free riding by others, which increases over time.