Volunteer Labor Sorting Across Industries
Burton A. Weisbrod
Northwestern University - Department of Economics; University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics
Lewis M. Segal
Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 427-447, Summer 2002
Volunteer labor is generally analyzed as a homogeneous activity, implying that the marginal effects of tax changes and demographic shifts are equal across industries and forms of volunteering. Here the homogeneity assumption is tested by estimating and comparing volunteer labor supply functions in three sectors that rely on volunteer labor-health, education, and religious organizations.
Differences in the marginal volunteer labor supply effects are associated with personal demographics, household composition, and tax status. These differences are significant statistically as well as for their policy implications. The effects on volunteering to each sector are predicted for changes in the age, education, and marital status distributions of the population, as well as for changes in income tax rates, itemization status, and income. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: volunteer, volunteer labor
JEL Classification: J00, J45Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 1, 2011
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