Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

Correlation versus causation and the apparent external benefits of education

Contents:

Author Info

  • John Gibson

Abstract

There is a widely reported positive correlation between education and the amount of volunteer time given. Many researchers assume this is a causal relationship, so increased volunteer work has been added to the list of 'external benefits' of education. These 'external benefits' make public subsidies to higher education seem more justifiable. This study uses data from a specially collected sample of New Zealand identical twins to test the relationship between education and volunteer labour supply, holding unobservable family effects constant. Multiple measurements of education levels were also collected so that any bias in the results due to measurement errors could be corrected. The results show that once family unobservables are controlled for, extra education significantly reduces the amount of volunteer time donated. This reversal in the results is a reminder of the lesson that correlation does not imply causation.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00779959909544297
Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Bibliographic Info

Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal New Zealand Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 33 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 51-69

as in new window
Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:33:y:1999:i:1:p:51-69

Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.tandfonline.com/RNZP20

Order Information:
Web: http://www.tandfonline.com/pricing/journal/RNZP20

Related research

Keywords:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Franz Hackl & Martin Halla & Gerald J Pruckner, 2004. "The fallacy of the Good Samaritan: Volunteering as a weird way of making money," Economics working papers 2004-15, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:33:y:1999:i:1:p:51-69. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ().

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.