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Studium Generale reloaded

Studieren an der Freien Universität Bozen ist auch jenseits von Bachelor, Master oder PhD möglich. Noch nie war das Studium Generale so attraktiv und vielfältig wie im bevorstehenden Studienjahr.

Computing beyond Moore’s law

In his research as an applied mathematician, Prof. Bruno Carpentieri develops numerical linear algebra methods for solving applied computational science problems. In this article, he outlines how recent developments in high-performance computing are radically changing the way we do numerics.

DNA frühmittelalterlicher Alemannen-Krieger und ihres Gefolges entschlüsselt

Forscher von Eurac Research und des Max-Planck-Instituts für Menschheitsgeschichte analysieren Knochenreste aus der Zeit zwischen 590 und 630 n. Chr.

Mathematisches Duett

Wie lassen sich Dinge oder Objekte anordnen, die eigentlich nicht vergleichbar sind? Der PhD-Student Daniel Kostner und der Mathematikprofessor Andreas Hamel haben gemeinsam eine Lücke in der Statistik geschlossen.

Book of the week


Experts bring economic tools to bear on philanthropic activities, addressing topics that range from the determinants of giving to the effectiveness of fundraising techniques.

Kimberley Scharf and Mirco Tonin - Mit Press

The Economics of Philanthropy

Donations and Fundraising

Economists are increasingly aware of the need to better understand philanthropic activities. In this book, economists address a variety of topics related to the economics of philanthropy, ranging from the determinants of giving to the effectiveness of fundraising techniques. The contributions focus on individual motives for giving and volunteering, and in particular how they affect donation outcomes, fundraising decisions, and public policies toward giving. Previous research has viewed motives for giving as embedded in formal models of economic behavior with rational agents who maximize their own utility while constrained by a budget. These models, however, have been shown to have poor predictive power, neglecting direct and indirect motives for giving. The contributors consider, among other subjects, the free-riding problem in these models; altruistic, direct, and indirect motives for giving, addressed both theoretically and with lab experiments; the linear public good game; the role of social information; the effectiveness of matching gifts and premiums; motives for unpaid volunteering; subscription models as a way to regulate revenue streams; and increasing reliance on public funds.

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