Volunteering at the extensive margin: intrinsic or extrinsic motive?

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Résumé

This paper identifies the nature of the predominant motive (consumption versus investment) moving people to offer labour for free by considering different beneficiary sectors involved. Using some simple 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).
langue originaleAnglais
Pages (de - à)117-136
Nombre de pages20
journalAnnals of Economics and Statistics
Volume131
Numéro de publication131
Date de mise en ligne précocesept. 2018
Les DOIs
Etat de la publicationPublié - sept. 2018

mots-clés

  • Volunteering, intrinsic motive, labour supply.

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