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Sarah Sandford

Sarah Sandford is a Research Fellow at the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair.


Sarah holds masters’ degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Cambridge and the London School of Economics (LSE). In 2014, she submitted her PhD in Economics, focusing on intrinsic motivation at work, to the LSE. Sarah’s research examines the influence donors have on their recipients missions and objectives, and the influence that charities’ core costs have on giving behaviour and the efficiency of the non-profit sector.

Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked as an analyst and advisor to UK-based donors at New Philanthropy Capital.

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Work in progress

Do do-gooders do good? Busan, ideologues and occupational choice, joint with Matthew Skellern.

Mission: Impossible? Donor influence and economies of scale in the charitable sector, joint with Kimberley Scharf.

Are Donors Afraid of Charities' Core Costs? Scale Economies in Non-Profit Provision with Carlo Perroni, Ganna Pogrebna and Kimberley Scharf.

I've got the power: Granting bureaucrats discretion.