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Journal Article

Volunteering, subjective well-being and public policy

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Publication date

Feb 2013

Summary

We apply matching estimators to the large-scale British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) data set to estimate the impact of volunteering on subjective well-being. We take into account personality traits that could jointly determine volunteering behaviour and subjective well-being. We find that the impact of regular volunteering on subjective well-being is positive and increasing over time if regular volunteering is sustained. In a quantile analysis, we find that this effect seems to be driven by reducing the unhappiness of the less happy quantiles of the well-being distribution for those who volunteer regularly. We test the robustness of our findings and discuss their relevance for public policy. (c) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Published in

Journal of Economic Psychology

Volume and page numbers

34 , 97 -119

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2012.11.008

ISSN

16

Subjects

Public Policy, Well Being, and Social Psychology

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1646364~S5

Notes

Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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