Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142668
Authors: 
Bruno, Bruna
Fiorillo, Damiano
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
EERI Research Paper Series 05/2014
Abstract: 
The effects of voluntary work on earnings have recently been studied for some developed countries such as Canada, France and Austria. This paper extends this line of research to Italy, using data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) dataset. A double methodological approach is used in order to control for unobserved heterogeneity: Heckman and IV methods are employed to account for unobserved worker heterogeneity and endogeneity bias. Empirical results show that, when the unobserved heterogeneity is taken into account, a wage premium of 2.7 percent emerges, quite small if compared to previous investigations on Canada and Austria. The investigation into the channels of influence of volunteering on wages gives support to the hypotheses that volunteering enables the access to fruitful informal networks, avoids the human capital deterioration and provides a signal for intrinsically motivated individuals.
Subjects: 
Voluntary work
wages
Mincer equation
selection bias
instrumental variables
Italy
JEL: 
C31
C36
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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