Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published.

“High-Capacity Donors’ Preferences for Charitable Giving” by Mackenzie Alston, Catherine Eckel, Jonathan Meer, and Wei Zhan

In her recent article, Dr. Alston examines how charities solicit high-capacity donors to provide the funds for matching grants and leadership gifts. To do so, she conducts a field experiment of Texas A&M University’s fundraising organizations to see 1) whether high-income donors respond to non-personal solicitations and 2) whether these donors are willing to direct their donations to overhead costs. She finds that high-income donors are not responsive to letters or emails, regardless of whether they have the option to direct giving. Her results highlight the difficulties of motivating some high-income donors, especially when only impersonal communication is used.

“Associations between daily ambient temperature and sedentary time among children 4–6 years old in Mexico City” by Dr. Sandy Wong

In her recent article, Dr. Wong examines the relationship between outdoor temperature and sedentary behavior. This is important because there is a strong link between sedentary behavior and mortality and morbidity. She finds that maximum temperature, mean temperature, and diurnal variation have significant negative linear relationships with all-day sedentary time (p<0.01). There is no significant association between daily minimum temperature and all-day sedentary time.

“Moves and Countermoves: Countermovement Diffusion of State Constitutional Amendments” by Dr. Daniel Fay

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In his recent article, Dr. Fay examines the extent to which states adopt each others’ constitutional amendments to prohibit same-sex marriage. Using conditional event history analysis on all states from 1999 to 2011, he finds that, when a nearby state passes a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage, it encourages legislatures in nearby states to do the same.

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