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Empirical research based on accounting data (with a focus on nonprofit organisations).

External certification in the nonprofit sector: An examination of drivers and consequences. 01/09/2023 - 31/08/2027


Research on external certification in the nonprofit sector is extremely scant. The aim of this project is to make a significant contribution to the literature on external certification in the nonprofit context by considering three unexplored research objectives and by doing so we will be able to paint a full picture of NPO certification (i.e., identify drivers of certification (objective 1); assess economic consequences of certification (objective 2); and assess quality effects of certification (objective 3)). Because charity ratings are not really common outside the US, examining external certification as a quality signal in the nonprofit context is an extremely relevant issue in non-US settings. Besides academic relevance, findings are extremely useful for practice (e.g., for NPOs in deciding on whether or not to opt for external certification, for donors when making their donation decisions, etc.).


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