Professor Kimberley Scharf

Professor Kimberley Scharf

The Department of Economics
Professor of Economics

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Kimberley Scharf is Professor of Economics at Birmingham Business School.


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


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, Scharf, K, Talavera, O & Vi, L 2022, 'Does online salience predict charitable giving? Evidence from SMS text donations', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 197, pp. 134-149.

Almunia, M, Guceri, I, Lockwood, B & Scharf, K 2020, 'More giving or more givers? The effects of tax incentives on charitable donations in the UK', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 183, 104114.

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.

Scharf, K & Smith, S 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.

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. <>


Davies, RB, LaLumia, S & Scharf, K 2020, 'Editorial Note', International Tax and Public Finance, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 493-494.

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Economic and trade policy

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