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Volunteering and the state

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  • Franz Hackl

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  • Martin Halla
  • Gerald Pruckner

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This paper explores the capability of the state to affect the individual’s decision to work for free. For this purpose we combine individual-level data from the European and World Values Survey with macroeconomic and political variables for OECD member countries. Empirically we identify three channels for crowding out of voluntary labor. Firstly, an increase in public social expenditure decreases the probability that the individual will volunteer (fiscal crowding out). Secondly, a political consensus between individuals and the government also induces volunteers to reduce their unsalaried activities (consensual crowding out). And finally, the more a government supports democratization, the lower is the individual’s engagement (participatory crowding out). Religiosity and a more unequal income distribution in a country increase individuals’ willingness to volunteer.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 151 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 465-495

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:151:y:2012:i:3:p:465-495

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Keywords: Volunteering; Voluntary labor supply; Private provision of public goods; Public social expenditure; Political consensus; Democratization; H41; H44; H31; J22; I38; H11; D30; D64;

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Cited by:
  1. Bartels, Koen & Cozzi, Guido & Mantovan, Noemi, 2011. "Public Spending and Volunteering: "The Big Society", Crowding Out, and Volunteering Capital," MPRA Paper 29730, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Garofalo, Maria Rosaria, 2011. "Il volontariato può sostenere lo sviluppo? Riflessioni metodologiche per la costruzione di un frame work teorico
    [Can the voluntary sector sustain the development path of an economy? Suggestions f
    ," MPRA Paper 40008, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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