The mitigating influence of volunteer work on risk of long-term unemployment

Erik Petrovski, Sofie Dencker-Larsen, Anders Holm

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In addition to benefiting others, volunteer work is argued to supply volunteers themselves with skills, reputation, and social connections that increase overall employability. We test this hypothesized link between volunteer work and employability with a high-quality 2012 Danish survey sample of 1,796 individuals of working age. The survey data is linked to administrative registers with individual level data on unemployment. A combination of detailed controls, lagged dependent variables, and instrumental variable regression is used in order to determine cause and effect. Our findings show that volunteers generally do not have a statistically significantly reduced risk or rate of unemployment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventISTR's 12th International Conference: The Third Sector in Transition: Accountability, Transparency, and Social Inclusion - Ersta Skondal University College , Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 28 Jun 20161 Jul 2016 (Link to conference)


ConferenceISTR's 12th International Conference
LocationErsta Skondal University College
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