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Where is the Warm Glow? Donated Labour and Nonprofit Wage Differentials in the Health and Social Work Industries

Citation
Rutherford AC (2009) Where is the Warm Glow? Donated Labour and Nonprofit Wage Differentials in the Health and Social Work Industries. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-20.

Abstract
The “Warm Glow” theory of worker motivation in nonprofit organisations predicts that wages will be lower in the voluntary sector than for equivalent workers in the private and public sectors. Empirical findings, however, are mixed. Focussing on the Health & Social Work industries, we examine differences in levels of unpaid overtime between the sectors to test for the existence of a warm-glow effect. Although levels of unpaid overtime are significantly higher in voluntary sector, we find that this is insufficient to explain the wage premiums earned in this sector.

Keywords
Unpaid Overtime; Working Hours; Wage differentials; Warm Glow; Nonprofit

Subject headings
Equal pay for equal work; Wage differentials

JEL codes
J31; J45; L31

StatusUnpublished
AuthorsRutherford Alasdair C
Title of seriesStirling Economics Discussion Paper
Number in series2009-20
Publication date09/2009
LanguageEnglish
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