Volunteering, Income Support Programs and Persons with Disabilities

Posted: 15 Apr 2010

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Michele Campolieti

University of Toronto at Scarborough - Division of Management

Rafael Gomez

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations

Morley Gunderson

University of Toronto - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 15, 2009

Abstract

We study the propensity of persons with disabilities to engage in volunteer activity using the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS). Our principal focus is on the effects of various income support programs on persons with disabilities participation in volunteer activities because income support programs can differ with respect to their treatment of unpaid work. For example, workers’ compensation programs embody strong disincentives to volunteering while public disability insurance programs explicitly encourage unpaid work. We find that workers’ compensation is associated with decreases in the probability of volunteering while public disability insurance is associated with increases in the propensity to volunteer. The relevance of these results to both theories of volunteerism and public policy is discussed.

Keywords: disability policy, employability, social capital, household production, flexible benefits payments

JEL Classification: J30, J38

Suggested Citation

Campolieti, Michele (Mike) and Gomez, Rafael and Gunderson, Morley, Volunteering, Income Support Programs and Persons with Disabilities (June 15, 2009). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 64, No. 2, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1589022

Michele (Mike) Campolieti (Contact Author)

University of Toronto at Scarborough - Division of Management ( email )

1265 Military Trial
Scarborough, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada

Rafael Gomez

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations ( email )

Toronto M5S 2E8
Canada

Morley Gunderson

University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )

150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7
Canada
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