Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference 2017

The 4th SPI Conference 2017

Philanthropy Innovations Conference
September 6-7, 2017
The University of Chicago

Location: Saieh Hall for Economics
5757 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

Keynote Speakers

Ragan Petrie, Texas A&M University
Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh; PEEL Experimental Lab


Sara KonrathIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
John ListUniversity of Chicago, and Visiting Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Amir PasicIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Anya Samek, University of Southern California; Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and Department of Economics
Rich SteinbergIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Mark WilhelmIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

SPI 2017 Papers and Abstracts (rev. 8/23, listed alphabetically by presenter)

SPI 2017 Schedule (rev. 9/1)

SPI Program (9/5)

Registration is now closed for the fourth Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference, presented in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the University of Southern California. SPI is an initiative started by John List, Michael Price and Anya Samek in 2012 to encourage experimental (field and lab) research on charitable giving. In addition to providing an avenue for research discussions, another aim of the conference is to bring together researchers studying charitable giving with practitioners in the field of philanthropy.

We invited presentations that use laboratory or field experiments to investigate social preferences that shape philanthropic giving (including altruism, reciprocity, inequity aversion, warm-glow giving, etc.), techniques charities may use to increase giving, the role of culture on giving, and development of social preferences (i.e., experiments with children/young adults). Topics that were also of interest were volunteerism, the organization of charities/how they operate, and organ/blood donation. You can visit to see the papers that were presented in previous years.

WATCHPresentations from the 2015 SPI Annual Conference

Important Deadlines

Presenter applications: Applications are now closed. The SPI 2017 Presenter Application Form was due for submission by June 30, 2017. Prospective presenters were notified of acceptance by July 15, 2017.

Conference Registration: Registration (General or Student) was required for both presenters and non-presenting attendees. General registration (via for both days is $200.00 plus $14.75 processing fee; student registration for both days is $100.00 plus $8.00 processing fee. VIP Registration for practitioners and presenters is open through July 30, 2017. Public registration was open through August 15, 2017 - click here to register.

Conference Lodging: A limited number of rooms were available at a special conference rate at the Hyatt Place Chicago South-University Medical Center, located in Hyde Park at 5225 South Harper Ave., Chicago, IL 60615. Please see the SPI2017 Room Block Page for details.

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