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Does it pay to care? Volunteering and employment opportunities

Stijn Baert () and Sunčica Vujić ()

Journal of Population Economics, 2018, vol. 31, issue 3, No 5, 819-836

Abstract: Abstract We investigate whether volunteering has a causal effect on individual employment opportunities. To this end, a field experiment is conducted in which volunteering activities are randomly assigned to fictitious job applications sent to genuine vacancies in Belgium. We find that volunteers are 7.3 percentage points more likely to get a positive reaction to their job applications. The volunteering premium is higher for females but invariant with respect to the number of engagements.

Keywords: Volunteering; Labour market; Statistical discrimination; Experiments; C93; D64; J24; J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s00148-017-0682-8

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