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

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  • 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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  • Suzanne Clain & Charles Zech, 2008. "Determinants of the Allocation of Volunteer Time: Church-Related versus Other Non-market Activities," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 36(4), pages 455-467, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:36:y:2008:i:4:p:455-467 DOI: 10.1007/s11293-008-9120-3
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    Keywords

    Time allocation; Volunteers; Church ministry; J21; J22; Z12;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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