June 03, 2022 | News | Europe and the U.S.

Volunteering Increases After Retirement

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MPIDR Researchers Peter Eibich and Angelo Lorenti and a colleague studied the causal effect of retirement on voluntary work in Europe and the U.S. They found an increase in volunteering rates in all countries analyzed. Their paper was recently published in the journal Labour Economics.

  • The causal effect of retirement on voluntary work in Europe and the U.S. was studied.
  • Retirement increases frequency of voluntary work.
  • These findings are remarkably consistent across countries.
  • The effects are stronger and more precisely estimated for men than for women.

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Original Publication 

Eibich, P., Lorenti, A., Mosca, I.: Does retirement affect voluntary work provision? Evidence from Europe and the U.S.. Labour Economics. (2022) DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2022.102185

Authors and Affiliations

Peter Eibich, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock

Angelo Lorenti, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock

Irene Mosca, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland

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