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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 and Narasimhan Srinivasan, University of 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 institutions.

The report appears in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Dec. 2005.
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Publication:Community Action
Date:Jan 23, 2006
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