Getting a Job through Voluntary Associations: the Role of Network and Human Capital Creation
AbstractThe present paper draws on an original dataset collected by the author to investigate if: i)the relational network and the human capital developed by unemployed volunteers through their associational membership are useful in finding a job; ii)the likelihood to get a job is higher for volunteers who take part in activities capable of increasing social networks and human capital. Data show that a considerable percentage of volunteers (24%) who were out of work when they joined their association obtained a job thanks to their associational participation. In particular, personal declarations of unemployed respondents reveal that 12% of them found a job thanks to the skills developed by working in the association, 10% thanks to information received by people met through the association and 2% for other reasons concerning the associational membership. Moreover, the econometric analysis shows that some activities related to the creation of social network (the frequency of participation in informal meetings and work groups) and human capital (the attendance at training courses) positively and significantly affect the probability to get a job if unemployed.
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Voluntary Associations; Job Opportunities; Social Network; Human Capital;
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- L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs
- A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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- NEP-ALL-2009-10-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2009-10-17 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HRM-2009-10-17 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2009-10-17 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2009-10-17 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-SOC-2009-10-17 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2009-10-17 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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