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Volunteering and perceived health. A European cross-countries investigation

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  • Fiorillo, Damiano
  • Nappo, Nunzia

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In this paper, we study the effect of formal and informal volunteering on self-perceived health across 9 European countries after controlling, amongst other things, for socio-economic characteristics, social and cultural participation. We employ the 2006 wave of EU-SILC for estimating recursive trivariate probit models with instrumental variables. Our results show that although formal and informal volunteering are correlated with each other, they have a different impact on health. Formal volunteering has a significant positive effect on self-perceived health in the Netherlands, but none in other countries. By contrast, informal volunteering has a significant negative effect on self-perceived health in Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy.

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  • Fiorillo, Damiano & Nappo, Nunzia, 2014. "Volunteering and perceived health. A European cross-countries investigation," MPRA Paper 72313, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2016.
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    Keywords

    Self-perceived health; formal and informal volunteering; social and cultural participation; recursive trivariate probit model; European countries;

    JEL classification:

    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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