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Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?

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dc.creator Meier, Stephan
dc.creator Stutzer, Alois
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:09:42Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:09:42Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20280
dc.identifier ppn:380768313
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20280
dc.description Volunteering constitutes one of the most important pro-social activities. Following Adam Smith, helping others is the way to higher individual well-being. This view contrasts with the selfish utility maximizer who avoids costs from helping others. The two rival views are studied empirically. We find robust evidence that volunteers are more satisfied with their life than non-volunteers. Causality is addressed taking advantage of a natural experiment: the collapse of East Germany and its infrastructure of volunteering. People who accidentally lost their opportunities for volunteering are compared to people who experienced no change in their volunteer status.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1045
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject D64
dc.subject Z13
dc.subject J22
dc.subject I31
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject happiness
dc.subject pro-social behavior
dc.subject subjective well-being
dc.subject volunteering
dc.subject Ehrenamtliche Arbeit
dc.subject Altruismus
dc.subject Lebensqualität
dc.subject Schätzung
dc.subject Neue Bundesländer
dc.subject Deutschland
dc.subject Lebenszufriedenheit
dc.title Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself?
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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