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by Laura Lamb (2011)
Approximately 1200 CED organizations in Canada (2006) Federal & Provincial governments have come to recognize importance of CED ◦ Provide varying levels of support
Research expected to be useful for public policy makers & CED practitioners Public policy perspective: ◦ voluntary participation in CED organizations may be viewed as a benefit to society by creating output that would otherwise require paid resources.
To analyse volunteer motives for CED from an economic perspective. 4 research questions: 1. What are the determinants of an individual’s decision to voluntarily participate in a CED initiative in Canada? 2. Are the determinants of voluntarily participate in CED unique as compared to those of volunteering in general?
3. What are the determinants of the amount of time allocated toward voluntary participation in a CED initiative in Canada? 4. Are the determinants of time allocated toward voluntary participation in CED different from those of volunteering in general?
voluntary participation in development and housing organizations including: ◦ organizations for community and neighbourhood, economic development ◦ social development ◦ housing associations ◦ housing assistance ◦ job training programs ◦ vocation counseling and guidance ◦ vocational rehabilitation (International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations)
Participation is vital to ensure that initiatives respond to the needs and capacities of the community as expressed by the community itself. CED organizations play an important role in mobilizing citizen engagement and volunteer contributions in communities (2002 survey)
Attaining sufficient levels of participation is often challenging ◦ Marginalized communities suffer from a lack of community cohesiveness, commitment, and transience. Community organizers play a role in mobilizing people to act for their own interest ◦ Community collective action
Rational choice theory ◦ a rational individual will make the decision to participate if the net benefits are positive and will continue to volunteer time until the marginal net benefits equal zero. Volunteer labour supply theory ◦ explores, identifies, and categorizes the motives behind volunteering.
Consumption benefits ◦ satisfaction derived from the “warm glow” feeling of doing something good, the achievement of a desired degree of social status, satisfaction from the work carried out, or the fulfillment of social or ethical norms Investment benefits ◦ motivated to gain exchangeable benefits such as increasing job opportunities through the acquisition of skills, experience, and contacts
Motivated to increase the supply of the public good, and thereby obtain an altruistic benefit. motivated by a sense of moral obligation prescribed by her (his) own set of values. the common economic view of pure altruism is that it either does not exist at all or at best is very rare
age education Income the presence of children immigrant status religious activity donation activity social capital
P ced = F (A, C, I, T, S) P: participation A: altruistic benefits C: consumption benefits I: investment benefits T: time costs of participation S: socio-economic factors
H ced = F (A, C, I, T, S) H: # hours of participation
Private Benefits ◦ Investment benefit Student status Self-employment status Company policy to encourage volunteering ◦ Consumption benefit Asked to volunteer
Public Benefits ◦ Altruism /consumption Age 55 + Informal volunteering
Time cost variables ◦ Presence of children ◦ # hours of paid employment
Table 3 Frequency and percentage distribution of voluntary participation in community economic development according to their socioeconomic characteristics (n=1302) Socioeconomic characteristics Frequency (%) Age Total100.0 Gender Female Male Total100.0 Education Maximum high school diploma At least some post-secondary Total100.0 Household Income <$40, $40,000-$100, $100, Total100.0 Religious attendance At least weekly Less than weekly/never Total100.0 Time in community Less than 5 years ≥5 years Total100.0 Immigrant status Canadian born Immigrant Total100.0 Charitable donations Participant Non-participant645.0 Total100.0 Source: 2004 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP)
Hours worked (-) Post-sec. educ (-) Consumption benefit: ◦ asked (+) Immigrant status Significant variables!
Results support economic theory ◦ Likelihood of participation is positively affected by consumption & investment benefits, and may be positively affected by altruistic benefits. ◦ Likelihood of participation is negatively affected by the number of hours spend working for pay. ◦ Likelihood of participating is positively affected by children, an increase in age, & charitable giving.
Results show some support for economic theory ◦ The likelihood of devoting additional hours to CED is positively affected by consumption benefits. ◦ The likelihood of devoting additional hours to CED is negatively affected by the number of hours spent working for pay.
Different determinants for CED & general volunteering: participation model & hours devoted
Government might develop programs for the purpose of increasing private & public benefits to stimulate more participation in CED activities. Government policy to improve success rate of CED projects Tax incentive for volunteer participation.
Inform strategies to increase participation ◦ Increase private benefits Providing recognition for contributions Match volunteer to task providing private benefit Consumption benefit Investment benefit
Better data ◦ CED participation ◦ Measurement of altruistic benefit & consumption benefit Additional variables ◦ leadership ◦ Probability of success of participation