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Gender differences in volunteer activities: Evidence from German survey data

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  • Marcus Dittrich

    () (Chemnitz University of Technology)

  • Bianka Mey

    () (Chemnitz University of Technology)

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Using unique data from a large-scale online survey conducted in Germany, we examine gender differences in volunteering for charitable organisations. Our findings suggest that men are more likely than women to engage in regular volunteer activities. Additionally, we find that men devote more time to charitable causes than women. However, disaggregating the volunteer labour supply by different organisations reveals that women spend more time performing volunteer work for organisations that help the poor or elderly.

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  • Marcus Dittrich & Bianka Mey, 2015. "Gender differences in volunteer activities: Evidence from German survey data," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 35(1), pages 349-360.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-14-00553
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    Keywords

    Volunteer activities; altruism; gender differences;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics

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