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  • Francois Vaillancourt
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    This paper examines how the benefits and costs of doing volunteer work, as they are represented by individual characteristics such as age, education, or occupation, explain the choice to carry out or not to carry out volunteer work. The predictions of the analytical framework are supported by empirical results obtained by using data from a 1987 national survey of volunteer work. The results indicate that individuals whose family or career is likely to benefit are more likely to do volunteer work. This paper examines how the benefits and costs of doing volunteer work, as they are represented by individual characteristics such as age, education, or occupation, explain the choice to carry out or not to carry out volunteer work. The predictions of the analytical framework are supported by empirical results obtained by using data from a 1987 national survey of volunteer work. The results indicate that individuals whose family or career is likely to benefit are more likely to do volunteer work.

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    Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 27 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 813-26

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    Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:27:y:1994:i:4:p:813-26

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    1. Ana Gil-Lacruz & Carmen Marcuello, 2013. "Voluntary Work in Europe: Comparative Analysis Among Countries and Welfare Systems," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 114(2), pages 371-382, November.
    2. Lorenzo Cappellari & Paolo Ghinetti & Gilberto Turati, 2007. "On Time and Money Donations," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia dell'Impresa e del Lavoro ieil0047, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    3. Allison Williams & Nazeem Muhajarine & James Randall & Ronald Labonte & Peter Kitchen, 2008. "Volunteerism and residential longevity in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 85(1), pages 97-110, January.
    4. Gibson, John, 2001. "Unobservable family effects and the apparent external benefits of education," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 225-233, June.
    5. Bruno, Bruna & Fiorillo, Damiano, 2012. "Why without pay? Intrinsic motivation in the unpaid labour supply," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 41(5), pages 659-669.
    6. Bruna Bruno & Damiano Fiorillo, 2011. "Why without pay? Intrinsic motivation in unpaid labour supply," Discussion Papers 3_2011, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.

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