The Efficiency of Volunteering Organisations: A Free Disposal Hull Analysis of Italian Health Volunteering

Centro per la Formazione in Economia e Politica dello Sviluppo Rurale, Working Paper No. 8

24 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2010 Last revised: 27 May 2011

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O.W. Maietta

DISES, Università di Napoli; University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF)

Sergio Destefanis

University of Salerno

Date Written: December 17, 2002

Abstract

We propose a model of the volunteering organisation, allowing a very general definition of the production set in the non-profit sector. Subsequently, we measure technical efficiency throughout a sample of 643 Italian volunteering organisations. As most output measures turn out to be ordinal variables, we propose and utilise a non conventional efficiency measure based on the Free Disposal Hull (FDH) approach. Finally, we analyse the impact of some characteristics of the volunteering organisations on their efficiency. Indicators for the information, motivation and educational attainment of volunteers turn out to be positively correlated with efficiency.

Keywords: Nonprofit sector, Voluntary work, FDH, Technical efficiency

JEL Classification: L31, D23

Suggested Citation

Maietta, Ornella Wanda and Destefanis, Sergio, The Efficiency of Volunteering Organisations: A Free Disposal Hull Analysis of Italian Health Volunteering (December 17, 2002). Centro per la Formazione in Economia e Politica dello Sviluppo Rurale, Working Paper No. 8, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1565767 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1565767

Ornella Wanda Maietta

DISES, Università di Napoli ( email )

via Cinthia, Monte S. Angelo
Napoli
Italy

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) ( email )

84084 Fisciano, Salerno
Italy

Sergio Destefanis (Contact Author)

University of Salerno ( email )

Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132
Fisciano, Salerno 84084
Italy

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