Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Negative Charity?

Tyler Cowen links to a report on a case of "negative charity." That is, the charitable action ends up hurting more than helping. On a parachuting charity in Britain:

They found that the injury rate was 11% and the serious injury rate 7%. Minor injuries cost the National Health Service £3751 on average and serious injuries £5781. As the average parachutist raised all of £30 (this is just a day out after all) each pound raised for charity cost the NHS £13.75. Every one of the charitable types who feels terribly virtuous raising money for charity in this way is actually preventing the health service treating the sick.

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