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Offerta di attivita` gratuita in Italia: un’analisi micro-econometrica


  • Damiano Fiorillo

    () (Dipartimento di Studi Economici, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli 'Parthenope')


This paper studies the factors that determine unpaid labour in a voluntary organization, a political party and a trade union. Official data has been taken from Indagine Multiscopo sulla Famiglia, Aspetti della Vita Quotidiana (1997), of the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT). In particular, the study looks at whether the decision to do voluntary work is a consumer activity and/or an investment activity. Empirical evidence shows that the supply of employed volunteers in a voluntary organization presents characteristics both of consumer and investment activity. The investment motive drives the employed individuals to offer time to a political party and a trade union, while the private consumer and the relational goods consumer encourage unemployed individuals to donate time to a voluntary organization.

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  • Damiano Fiorillo, 2009. "Offerta di attivita` gratuita in Italia: un’analisi micro-econometrica," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 117(1), pages 23-59.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2009:v:117:i:1:p:23-59

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      voluntary work; social capital; relational goods;

      JEL classification:

      • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
      • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
      • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
      • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
      • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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