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"The Dependent Variable of the Independent Sector: A Research Agenda for Improving the Definition and Measurement of Giving and Volunteering."
Paul G. Schervish. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 4, no. 2 (1993): 223-232.
This paper addresses three topics to which researchers should turn their attention in regard to the dependent variable of giving and volunteering.

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"Do the Poor Pay More: Is the U-shaped Curve Correct?"
Paul G. Schervish and John J. Havens. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 24, no. 1 (Spring 1995): 79-90.

This paper reports selected findings from a larger research project involving the quantitative investigation of societal, familial, and individual characteristics that induce philanthropic behavior. The findings focus on the fundamental question: "Do the poor (represented by lower income households) pay more than the wealthy (represented by higher income households)?"

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"Does Generosity Run in the Family?"
Paul G. Schervish. Advancing Philanthropy: Journal of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives 1, no. 1 (Fall 1993): 26-29.

The number of millionaires in the United States could triple within the next 20 years, as wealth is transferred from the aging wealthy to their children. What can fund raisers expect when they knock on the doors of tomorrow's donors? A researcher on philanthropy and wealth discusses six factors that encourage a charitable commitment in the next generation.

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"The Dynamics of Wealth Transfer: Behavioral Implications of Tax Policy for What Will Happen to the $10 Trillion Transfer."
Thomas B. Murphy and Paul G. Schervish. Presented at the Independent Sector 1995 Spring Research Forum, "Nonprofit Organizations as Public Actors: Rising to New Public Policy Challenges." Alexandria, VA, Mar. 23-24, 1995.
Throughout the paper, we emphasize how specific elements of the tax code affect the strategic choices the wealthy make about the alternative uses for their money. As such, we look more at the social-psychological processes by which tax laws produce their effects (especially in regard to philanthropy among the wealthy) than at purely technical aspects of the legal environment.

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