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Does it pay to care? Volunteering and employment opportunities

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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.
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volunteering, labour market, statistical discrimination, experiments

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Baert, Stijn, and Sunčica Vujić. 2018. “Does It Pay to Care? Volunteering and Employment Opportunities.” Journal of Population Economics 31 (3): 819–836.
APA
Baert, Stijn, & Vujić, S. (2018). Does it pay to care? Volunteering and employment opportunities. JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS, 31(3), 819–836.
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Baert S, Vujić S. Does it pay to care? Volunteering and employment opportunities. JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS. 2018;31(3):819–36.
MLA
Baert, Stijn, and Sunčica Vujić. “Does It Pay to Care? Volunteering and Employment Opportunities.” JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS 31.3 (2018): 819–836. Print.
@article{8540221,
  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.},
  author       = {Baert, Stijn and Vuji\'{c}, Sun\v{c}ica},
  issn         = {0933-1433},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS},
  keyword      = {volunteering,labour market,statistical discrimination,experiments},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {819--836},
  title        = {Does it pay to care? Volunteering and employment opportunities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-017-0682-8},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2018},
}

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