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Volunteers for Development: A Test of the Post-Materialist Hypothesis in Britiain, c. 1965-1987

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  • Matthew Braham

    (Formerly of St. John's College, Oxford)

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    Volunteering by young adults for working in Third World countries on development projects emerged in Britain the late 1950s. Three decades later, the country’s largest volunteering sending agency, Voluntary Service Overseas, had sent more than 21,000 people abroad. The most common explanation for the emergence and growth of what is a small social movement is the affluence-value change theory, or Post-Materialism, which predicts that variations in the growth of the movement should vary positively with changes in wealth. This paper tests this prediction with a simple econometric model, and finds that this does not appear to be the case.

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    Paper provided by Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford in its series Oxford University Economic and Social History Series with number _030.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 05 Jun 1999
    Handle: RePEc:nuf:esohwp:_030
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