I wrote about the trend, a few days ago, for more politically conservative states, regardless of income, to be more charitable, as measured by charitable contributions declared on Form 1040, than was the case with the more liberal states.
Well, Thomas Anger of The Liberty Corner has gone one better, with a statistical analysis of charitable giving compared to conservative voting. He wrote:
(Y)ou can see readily that — given the same tax burden — Red States outstrip Blue States in charitable giving. You can see, also, that there is a strong negative relationship between taxes and charitable giving. It doesn’t show up in the data for the Blue States, which are almost uniformly parsimonious when it comes to charitable giving, but it’s definitely there in the case of the Red States. For all States (with the exception of Wyoming, the far “outlier” at the top of the graph), a linear regression yields a one-to-one negative relationship between the tax burden and charitable giving; that is, for every 1 percentage point rise in the tax burden, after-tax charitable giving drops by 1 percentage point.
I draw two conclusions:
There is a significant, positive relationship between Republicanism and charitable giving, as indicated by both graphs.
Taxes crowd out charity (no surprise), as indicated by the second graph.
Mr. Anger’s article is a good one, and deserves your attention.