The economic benefits of volunteering and social class.


Journal Article

A theory that the economic benefits of volunteering are contingent on social class (as defined by similarities in labour market situation) is tested using seven waves of longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Study gathered between 1996 and 2008 and fixed-effects models. Volunteering has a positive effect on earnings, but it is confined to people in professional and managerial occupations. Employees in white and blue collar jobs do not benefit. The study suggests that inconsistent results from previous studies might be due to failure to consider occupational heterogeneity among volunteers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, J; Mantovan, N; Sauer, RM

Published Date

  • January 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 85 /

Start / End Page

  • 102368 -

PubMed ID

  • 31789200

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31789200

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0317

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0049-089X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2019.102368


  • eng