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DO MONETARY REWARDS CROWD OUT THE INTRINSIC MOTIVATION OF VOLUNTEERS? SOME EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FOR ITALIAN VOLUNTEERS

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  • Damiano Fiorillo

    1. University of Napoli ‘Parthenope’, Italy
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    • I would like to thank the two anonymous referees whose comments undoubtedly improved the final version of the paper. I also wish to thank Luigi Aldieri, Bruna Bruno, Maria Rosaria Carillo, Floro Ernesto Caroleo, Angelo Castaldo, Sergio Destefanis, Giuseppe Freni, Bruno Frey, Vincenzo Lombardo, Francesco Pastore, Giovanni Trovato, Gilberto Turati and the participants at the XXII AIEL Conference as well as at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ and Pavia for helpful comments and suggestions to early version of the paper. Data were kindly provided by Carlo Borzaga. The usual disclaimer applies. Email: damiano.fiorillo@uniparthenope.it


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Abstract

ABSTRACT**: The paper studies the determinants of regular volunteering, taking its cue from the previous literature on extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. Its main contribution lies in the analysis of the role of monetary rewards in influencing intrinsic motivation. It uses frameworks that allow empirical hypotheses to be made about the effects of monetary rewards, intrinsic motivation and the combined term on volunteer labour supply. With an Italy-based survey, the paper shows, controlling for endogenous bias, that monetary payments as well as intrinsic motivation have roles in the real-life decision to supply volunteer work, but monetary rewards do not crowd out intrinsic motivation.

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