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Do monetary rewards crowd out intrinsic motivations of volunteers? Some empirical evidence for Italian volunteers

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  • Damiano Fiorillo

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The paper studies the determinants of regular volunteering departing from previous literature on extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. It contributes to the literature investigating the role of monetary rewards to influence intrinsic motivation. Using a simple framework that allows me to study the effect of monetary rewards on intrinsic motivation, the paper shows, controlling for endogenous bias, that monetary rewards crowd-out intrinsic motivation.

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Paper provided by D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy in its series Discussion Papers with number 3_2009.

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Keywords: Monetary rewards; Intrinsic motivation; Crowd-out effect;

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Cited by:
  1. Fiorillo, Damiano, 2010. "Volunteers and conditions under which crowd-out effect could appear. An empirical evidence of psychological self-determination theory," MPRA Paper 22878, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Damiano Fiorillo, 2010. "Volunteer work and domain satisfactions: Evidence from Italy," Discussion Papers, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy 6_2010, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.
  3. Bruna Bruno & Damiano Fiorillo, 2011. "Why without pay? Intrinsic motivation in unpaid labour supply," Discussion Papers, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy 3_2011, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.

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