Not all available volunteers are used, study says.Toronto--The assumption that organizations are willing to use all the volunteer labor available to them is challenged in a study of 28 Toronto hospitals. The researchers, Femida Handy, York University York University, at North York, Ont., Canada; nondenominational; coeducational; founded 1959 as an affiliate of the Univ. of Toronto, became independent 1965. and Narasimhan Srinivasan, University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticut's land-grant university. It was founded in 1881 and serves more than 27,000 students on its six campuses, including more than 9,000 graduate students in multiple programs.
UConn's main campus is in Storrs, Connecticut. , present an economic analysis of the demand of volunteer labor by hospitals in the Toronto area.
The researchers report that the hospitals
* used more than 2-million volunteer hours per year labor;
* that the quantity of volunteer hours demanded is a decreasing function of their costs; and
* is influenced by productivity, output, and labor market labor market A place where labor is exchanged for wages; an LM is defined by geography, education and technical expertise, occupation, licensure or certification requirements, and job experience institutions.
The report appears in the Nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Dec. 2005. Narasimhan.Srinivasan@uconn.edu