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To Volunteer or Not: Canada, 1987

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  • Francois Vaillancourt

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This paper examines how the benefits and costs of doing volunteer work, as they are represented by individual characteristics such as age, education, or occupation, explain the choice to carry out or not to carry out volunteer work. The predictions of the analytical framework are supported by empirical results obtained by using data from a 1987 national survey of volunteer work. The results indicate that individuals whose family or career is likely to benefit are more likely to do volunteer work. This paper examines how the benefits and costs of doing volunteer work, as they are represented by individual characteristics such as age, education, or occupation, explain the choice to carry out or not to carry out volunteer work. The predictions of the analytical framework are supported by empirical results obtained by using data from a 1987 national survey of volunteer work. The results indicate that individuals whose family or career is likely to benefit are more likely to do volunteer work.

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  • Francois Vaillancourt, 1994. "To Volunteer or Not: Canada, 1987," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 27(4), pages 813-826, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:27:y:1994:i:4:p:813-26
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    10. Bruna Bruno & Damiano Fiorillo, 2011. "Why without pay? Intrinsic motivation in unpaid labour supply," Discussion Papers 3_2011, D.E.S. (Department of Economic Studies), University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy.

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