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Determinants of the Allocation of Volunteer Time: Church-Related versus Other Non-market Activities

  • Suzanne Clain

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  • Charles Zech

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This paper analyzes the relative time allocation decisions of individuals who volunteer time to a religious institution. The most important factor influencing the amount of time spent in church ministry relative to other non-market activities is educational attainment. In general, religious volunteers who are college-educated are significantly more likely to spend relatively more time working in church ministry than devoting time to family responsibilities, engaging in spiritual practices, or volunteering time to civic/community organizations. The presence of school-aged children tends to diminish the relative amount of time spent volunteering in church ministry. The findings of this study suggest church ministry perceived as being child-friendly or strengthening one’s spirituality is more likely to attract relatively greater time commitments from its volunteers. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2008

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Article provided by Springer & International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 455-467

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Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:36:y:2008:i:4:p:455-467
DOI: 10.1007/s11293-008-9120-3
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