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Volunteering at the Extensive Margin: Intrinsic or Extrinsic Motive?


  • Modeste Dayé


This paper identifies the nature of the predominant motive (consumption versus investment) moving people to offer labour for free by considering the major beneficiary sectors involved. Using basic consumption and investment models, some hypotheses are derived and tested to identify the salient motivation for volunteering in each sector. The analysis results in two main findings: (a) in peace movements and in women's groups and associations, volunteers seem to be mainly intrinsically motivated and (b) in sectors concerned with social welfare for the elderly people or in religious and health organizations, the key motivation for volunteering is investment (extrinsic returns).

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  • Modeste Dayé, 2018. "Volunteering at the Extensive Margin: Intrinsic or Extrinsic Motive?," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 131, pages 117-136.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2018:i:131:p:117-136
    DOI: 10.15609/annaeconstat2009.131.0117

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    Volunteering; Intrinsic Motive; Labour Supply.;
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    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • C26 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation


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