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Voluntary Work and Reciprocity: A Normative Approach


  • Marco MUSELLA


  • Nunzia NAPPO

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Applications, University of Milano)


Within the current debate on social priorities, voluntary work has come to the forefront. It is important to collocate appropriately this activity, which involves loyalty and solidarity, within economic theory, recognising its contribution to economic and social development and to improved labour market performance. In this paper, the perspective is «normative» rather than «positive»; in other words, the aim is not to discuss the role of voluntary work in Italy and the world today, but rather to discuss how volunteering should be regulated in order to ensure its contribution to a country’s social and economic growth.

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  • Marco MUSELLA & Nunzia NAPPO, 2008. "Voluntary Work and Reciprocity: A Normative Approach," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 116(1), pages 77-97.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2008:v:116:i:1:p:77-97

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    voluntary work; public an relational goods; reciprocity; investment in human capital;

    JEL classification:

    • L30 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - General
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training


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