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Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?


Stephan Meier


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Columbia Business School - Management

Alois Stutzer


University of Basel - Department of Business and Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


Economica, Vol. 75, Issue 297, pp. 39-59, February 2008

Abstract:     
Volunteering constitutes one of the most important pro-social activities. Following Aristotle, helping others is the way to higher individual wellbeing. This view contrasts with the selfish utility maximizer, who avoids helping others. The two rival views are studied empirically. We find robust evidence that volunteers are more satisfied with their life than non-volunteers. The issue of causality is studied from the basis of the collapse of East Germany and its infrastructure of volunteering. People who lost their opportunities for volunteering are compared with people who experienced no change in their volunteer status.

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Date posted: December 29, 2007  

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Meier, Stephan and Stutzer, Alois, Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?. Economica, Vol. 75, Issue 297, pp. 39-59, February 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1079183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00597.x

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Stephan Meier (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
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Columbia Business School - Management ( email )
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Alois Stutzer
University of Basel - Department of Business and Economics ( email )
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4002 Basel
Switzerland
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0041 61 267 3340 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.wwz.unibas.ch/stutzer/
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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