Working for Nothing: The Supply of Volunteer Labor
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CitationFreeman, Richard Barry. 1997. Working for nothing: The supply of volunteer labor. Journal of Labor Economics 15(1) Part 2: S140-S166.
AbstractVolunteer activity is work performed without monetary recompense. This article shows that volunteering is a sizeable economic activity in the United States, that volunteers have high skills and opportunity costs of time, that standard labor supply explanations of volunteering account for only a minor part of volunteer behavior, and that many volunteer only when requested to do so. This suggests that volunteering is a "conscience good or activity"-something that people feel morally obligated to do when asked, but which they would just as soon let someone else do.
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