Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104062
Authors: 
Fiorillo, Damiano
Nappo, Nunzia
Year of Publication: 
25-Nov-2014
Abstract: 
In this paper, we compare the correlation among formal and informal volunteering and self-perceived health across 13 European countries after controlling for socio-economic characteristics, housing features, neighborhood quality, size of municipality, social and cultural participation and regional dummies. We find that formal volunteering has a significantly positive association with self-perceived health in Finland and the Netherlands, significant negative relationship in Belgium, but none in the other countries. By contrast, informal volunteering has a significantly positive correlation with self-perceived health in France, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and Portugal, and a significantly negative relationship in Italy. Our results point out that although formal and informal volunteering are correlated one with another they represents different aspects of volunteering whose correlations with self-perceived health depend, among others, on social and cultural characteristics of each country.
Subjects: 
self-perceived health
formal and informal volunteering
European countries
JEL: 
I10
D64
P5
Z1
Document Type: 
Preprint

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