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Methodological approach: cross-national and longitudinal

Abstract

In the previous chapter I recalled the hypotheses on the interrelation between unemployment and volunteering which I test in the following empirical chapter. Namely, I am first interested in the influence of job loss on changes in people’s volunteering behaviour and second in the influence of volunteering for the reemployment chances of the unemployed. A special focus is given to long-term unemployed women who are suspected to use volunteering as an alternative activity, especially in West Germany where the institutional context supports women’s withdrawal from the labour market. In the present chapter, I argue how these research questions can be approached methodologically. Generally, my methodological approach can be characterised as being both cross-national and longitudinal. As to the cross-national aspect of my study, I have outlined my approach in the introductory chapter. In the following chapter, I proceed to the discussion of the data, methodological problems related to the sample, and the quantitative methods which I use for testing my hypotheses.

Keywords

Unobserved Heterogeneity Labour Market Status Random Effect European Community Household Panel Proxy Respondent 
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