Quotation Pennerstorfer, Astrid, Trukeschitz, Birgit. 2012. Voluntary contributions and wages in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Management & Leadership. 23 (2), 181-191.




Voluntary work provides a major source of labor for many nonprofit organizations. Consequences of volunteers and paid staff working alongside each other in nonprofits are well documented. This article contributes to this strand of literature and investigates whether the presence of volunteer work influences paid employees' wages in nonprofit organizations. We estimated a multilevel wage equation accounting for personal characteristics of workers and characteristics of nonprofits. The analysis revealed that nonprofit organizations engaging volunteers pay lower wages to their employees. Our findings contribute to the understanding of wage-setting behavior of nonprofits and improve the methodological approach of empirical research in this field.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Nonprofit Management & Leadership
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, STRAT-B, VW-D, WH-B
Language English
Title Voluntary contributions and wages in nonprofit organizations
Volume 23
Number 2
Year 2012
Page from 181
Page to 191
Reviewed? Y
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nml.21046/abstract
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21046
Open Access N


Wage dispersion in and between nonprofit organisations. A quantitative analysis for Austria.
Pennerstorfer, Astrid (Details)
Trukeschitz, Birgit (Details)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research Institute for Economics of Aging FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5304 Labour market research (Details)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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