Professor Kimberley Scharf

Professor Kimberley Scharf

The Department of Economics
Professor of Economics
Head of Department

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Department of Economics
University of Birmingham
Room 216, JG Smith Building
B15 2TT

Professor Kimberley Scharf is Head of the Department of Economics at Birmingham Business School.

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PhD (Economics), University of Toronto (199): ``Three Essays on Taxation and Incentives,'' supervised by Richard Bird, Albert Breton, and Jack Mintz.

MA (Honors Economics), University of Toronto (1989).

BA (Honors Economics), University of Western Ontario (1988).



Econ210B LI Public Economics

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral research

PhD title


Public Economics

Political Economy

Applied Microeconomic Theory

Other activities

  • Research Associate, Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, Warwick University (2012-present).
  • Associate, London School of Economics (2013--present).
  • Research Associate, Norwegian Centre for Taxation (NoCenT) (2015--present).
  • Associate, Capacity Building Cluster for Economic Impact of the Third Sector (2009--2013).
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (2011--present).
  • Research Fellow, Ifo Institute \& Centre for Economic Studies (CESifo) (2004--present).
  • Kimberley Scharf 2 Research Associate, CESifo, Munich (2002--2004).
  • Research Associate, CEPR, London (1999--2011).
  • Research Associate, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) (1996--2001).


Recent publications


Perroni, C, Pogrebna, G, Sandford, S & Scharf, K 2019, 'Are donors afraid of core costs? Economies of scale and contestability in charity markets', The Economic Journal, vol. 129, no. 622, pp. 2608–2636.

Lapointe, S, Perroni, C, Scharf, K & Tukiainen, J 2018, 'Does market size matter for charities?', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 168, pp. 127-145.

Giovanniello, MA, Perroni, C, Scharf, K & Slivinski, A 2018, 'Non-discriminatory donation relief and strategic commitment under political competition', European Journal of Political Economy.

Scharf, K & Smith, S 2016, 'Relational Altruism and Giving in Social Groups', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 141, pp. 1-10.

Ng, I, Scharf, K, Pogrebna, G & Maull, R 2015, 'Contextual Variety, Internet-of-Things and the choice of Tailoring over Platform: Mass Customisation Strategy in Supply Chain Management', International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 159, pp. 77-87.

Smith, S & Scharf, K 2015, 'The Price Elasticity of Charitable Giving: Does the Form of Tax Relief Matter?', International Tax and Public Finance, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 330-352.

Scharf, K 2014, 'Impure prosocial motivation in charity provision: Warm-glow charities and implications for public funding', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 114, pp. 50-57.

Scharf, K 2014, 'Private Provision of Public Goods and Information Diffusion in Social Groups', International Economic Review, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 1019-1042.

Horstmann, IJ, Besley, T, Brett, C, Coate, S, Cornes, R, Davies, J, Hines, J, Perroni, C, Slivinski, A, Wintrobe, R & Scharf, K 2008, 'A theory of distributional conflict, voluntarism and segregation', Economic Journal, vol. 118, no. 527, pp. 427-453.

Horstmann, IJ, Slivinski, A & Scharf, K 2007, 'Can private giving promote economic segregation?', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 91, no. 5-6, pp. 1095-1118.

Redoano, M & Scharf, KA 2004, 'The Political Economy of Policy Centralization: Direct Versus Representative Democracy', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 88, no. 3-4, pp. 799-817.

Raimondos-MoØller, P & Scharf, K 2002, 'Transfer pricing rules and competing governments', Oxford Economic Papers, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 230-246.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Scharf, K & Smith, S 2018, Donations and Disaster Relief. in K Scharf & M Tonin (eds), The Economics of Philanthropy: Donations and Fundraising. CESifo Seminar Series, MIT Press.

Scharf, K 2017, Individual Fundraising: The Power of the Personal. in J Costa-Font & M Macis (eds), Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues. CESifo Seminar Series, no. 9, vol. 6, MIT Press, London, pp. 305-322.

Scharf, K & Smith, S 2016, Charitable Donations and Tax Relief in the UK. in G Fack & C Landais (eds), Charitable Giving and Tax Policy: A Historical and Comparative Perspective., 5, Oxford University Press, Oxford. <>

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I am a public finance economists with specializations in tax, government spending and the economics of philanthropy. 

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