Volunteering at the extensive margin: intrinsic or extrinsic motive?

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Abstract

This paper identifies the nature of the predominant motive (consumption versus investment) moving
people to offer labour for free by considering the major beneficiary sectors involved. Using basic
consumption and investment models, some hypotheses are derived and tested to identify the salient
motivation for volunteering in each sector. The analysis results in two main findings: (a) in peace
movements and in women’s groups and associations, volunteers seem to be mainly intrinsically
motivated and (b) in sectors concerned with social welfare for the elderly people or in religious and
health organizations, the key motivation for volunteering is investment (extrinsic returns).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-136
Number of pages20
JournalAnnals of Economics and Statistics
Volume131
Issue number131
Early online dateSep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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Keywords

  • Labor supply
  • Volunteering
  • Intrinsic motive
  • Labour supply.

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