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ERIC Number: EJ1132728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0964-5292
Does "Compulsory Volunteering" Affect Subsequent Behavior? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Canada
Yang, Wei
Education Economics, v25 n4 p394-405 2017
This paper estimates the impact of "compulsory volunteerism" for adolescents on subsequent volunteer behavior exploiting the introduction of a mandatory community service program for high school (HS) students in Ontario, Canada. We use difference-in-differences approach with a large longitudinal dataset. Our estimates show that the policy crowded out volunteering of those who were not directly affected by the policy. More importantly, we find no evidence that "compulsory volunteerism" increased altruism: while the policy increased volunteer participation during HS, those mandated by the policy volunteered less than they otherwise would have been expected to after HS completion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada