Preference Variation in Volunteering Decisions: Public Goods and Private Benefits

32 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2009

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Bart Weemaes

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). Department of Economics

Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Date Written: June 1, 2009

Abstract

We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to explain the amount of time invested in volunteering in eight European countries. Direct information on motivations adds to the explanation over and above the effect of socio-demographic variables. The results for specific motivations are in line with the predictions from rational choice theory. While larger levels of ‘warm glow’ and ‘instrumental’ motivations lead to more frequent volunteering, the influence of the ‘public good’ motivation on volunteering frequency is found to be negligible.

Keywords: volunteering, motivations, warm glow, public good

JEL Classification: J22, L31

Suggested Citation

Weemaes, Bart and Schokkaert, Erik, Preference Variation in Volunteering Decisions: Public Goods and Private Benefits (June 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1414191 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1414191

Bart Weemaes (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). Department of Economics ( email )

Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

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