Gender and Generosity

February 15, 2011 at 8:06 PM Leave a comment

From Time: The Charity Divide: Study Shows Women More Generous Givers than Men

There are lots of interesting findings here, all of which could probably spark a spirited debate, and which bloggers seeking to appeal to a broad audience ought not address. So we’ll just pick one:

The study found that a female-headed household with a family income of at least $103,000 is likely to give to charities, on average, nearly $1,910, or $1,000 more a year than a similar household in which a man controls the checkbook.

First, just because a man is officially “head of the household” does not mean he controls the checkbook.

That’s because a household with a man at the head is much more likely to be a household of a married couple (how many married couples list the woman as “head of household” even in this day and age?). A married couple with children is fairly likely.

A fairer conclusion might then be, single and childless people give more to charity than married couples with children, who have their own wards to look out for right there at home.


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