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Preference variation in volunteering decisions: public goods and private benefits

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  • Bert WEEMAES
  • Erik SCHOKKAERT

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We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to explain the amount of time invested in volunteering in eight European countries. Direct information on motivations adds to the explanation over and above the effect of socio-demographic variables. The results for specific motivations are in line with the predictions from rational choice theory. While larger levels of ‘warm glow’ and ‘instrumental’ motivations lead to more frequent volunteering, the influence of the ‘public good’ motivation on volunteering frequency is found to be negligible.

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Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën in its series Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers with number ces09.09.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:ces09.09

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Keywords: Volunteering; Motivations; Warm glow; Public good.;

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