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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

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Front. Econ. China    2015, Vol. 10 Issue (4) : 691-721    https://doi.org/10.3868/s060-004-015-0032-9
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Understanding the Motivation of College Students to Volunteer: An Integrated Consumption/Investment Analysis
Peiguan Wu1,Xiaoye Li2(),Xue Wang3
1. Department of Management, International Business School, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
2. Department of Economics, National University of Singapore, Singapore
3. Department of Economics, Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
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Abstract

This study examines the specific motivation of college students to volunteer, based on the interpretation of volunteering as entailing both consumption and investment. Analysis of micro-level data, collected in an online survey from non-volunteers and volunteers on the RenDa Economics Forum, one of the main social networking sites in China, and from volunteers at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in China, provides strong support for consumption-related motivation. However, we find no clear statistical evidence for the validity of the investment motive. Volunteering activities are found to play no significant role in determining future income when compared to other factors, such as test scores, gender, age, parents’ education, job location, and the type of employer.

Keywords college volunteers      consumption motive      investment motive     
Issue Date: 28 December 2015
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Peiguan Wu,Xiaoye Li,Xue Wang. Understanding the Motivation of College Students to Volunteer: An Integrated Consumption/Investment Analysis[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2015, 10(4): 691-721.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/10.3868/s060-004-015-0032-9
http://academic.hep.com.cn/fec/EN/Y2015/V10/I4/691
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