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Why without Pay? The Intrinsic Motivation between Investment and Consumption in Unpaid Labour Supply

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  • Bruna, Bruno

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    (CELPE (Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy), University of Salerno, Italy)

  • Damiano, Fiorillo

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    (CELPE (Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy), University of Salerno, Italy)

Abstract

This paper provides a theoretical model and an empirical investigation on unpaid labour regularly supplied in non profit organisations. The contribution is threefold. First, intrinsic motivation in unpaid labour supply is considered, taking into account simultaneity between investment and consumption motives. Second, we study the impact of family care responsibilities on the determination of unpaid labour supply. Third, the specific activity a person is engaged in is shown to have a significant relevance. Empirical analysis, on data from Indagine Multiscopo sulle Famiglie, Aspetti della Vita Quotidiana, 1997, shows that frequently supplied unpaid labour depends on intrinsic motivation, income, age, family responsibilities and the specific task carried out in non profit organisations. The analytical framework suggests that these determinants support the hypothesis that both investment and consumption motives interact in shaping unpaid labour supply, with a stronger impact of consumption purposes.

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Paper provided by CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy in its series CELPE Discussion Papers with number 111.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:sal:celpdp:0111

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Cited by:
  1. Bruno, B., 2010. "Rewarding my Self. The role of Self Esteem and Self Determination in Motivation Crowding Theory," MPRA Paper 23117, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Bruno, Bruna, 2011. "Rewarding my Self. Self Esteem, Self Determination and Motivations," MPRA Paper 32218, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Damiano Fiorillo, 2009. "Do monetary rewards crowd out intrinsic motivations of volunteers? Some empirical evidence for Italian volunteers," Discussion Papers, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy 3_2009, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.
  4. Damiano Fiorillo, 2012. "Volunteer work and domain satisfactions: evidence from Italy," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(2), pages 97-124, January.
  5. 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.

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