Willingness to Volunteer Among Remote Workers Is Insensitive to the Team Size

75 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2022 Last revised: 8 Nov 2022

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Adrian Hillenbrand

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Tobias Werner

University of Duesseldorf

Fabian Winter

Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Date Written: 2022

Abstract

Volunteering is a widespread allocation mechanism in the workplace. It emerges naturally in software development or the generation of online knowledge platforms. Using a field experiment with more than 2000 workers, we study the effect of team size on volunteering in an online labor market. In contrast to our theoretical predictions and previous research, we find no effect of team size on volunteering although workers react to free riding incentives. We replicate the results and provide further robustness checks. Eliciting workers’ beliefs about their co-workers’ volunteering reveals conditional volunteering as the primary driver of our results.

Keywords: Volunteering, Volunteer's Dilemma, remote work, team size

JEL Classification: C72, C93, H41, J4

Suggested Citation

Hillenbrand, Adrian and Werner, Tobias and Winter, Fabian, Willingness to Volunteer Among Remote Workers Is Insensitive to the Team Size ( 2022). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 050, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4257752 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4257752

Adrian Hillenbrand (Contact Author)

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Tobias Werner

University of Duesseldorf ( email )

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Fabian Winter

Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

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Bonn, 53113
Germany

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