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Active Citizens

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Active Citizens At present, participating in public life is like a swimming pool, which has no shallow end. Would-be active citizens have to jump in at the deep end or remain on the edge. We need to encourage beginners in, and give them a chance to learn to swim. is published by the Institute for Public Policy Research

 

By Institute for Public Policy Research , UK.

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The effects of human capital on social capital: a cross-country analysis

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The effects of human capital on social capital: a cross-country analysis This paper uses two sets of cross-country micro datasets to analyse individuals? participation in voluntary and community activities and organisations. Analysing countries in the International Adult Literacy Survey and focusing on the impact of human capital I find a consistently positive effect of years of education on participation with the marginal effect of an additional year being around 2 or 3% for most countries. The effects are somewhat higher in English speaking countries. However controlling for functional literacy reduces this significantly with literacy accounting for around half the marginal effect of education. Labour market effects are generally very weak Using instrumental variables for a subset of countries we test and are unable to reject the hypothesis that education is exogenous. Using Eurobarometer data yields higher estimated impacts of schooling for most countries. It is also shown how attitudes towards the "third sector" predict higher participation in some forms of volunteering while a measure of religiosity often predicts more altruistic volunteering. By Kevin Denny for the is published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies..

 

By Institute for Fiscal Studies , UK.

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Donations to Charity

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Donations to Charity The number of households giving to charity has been falling slowly but steadily for the last twenty-five years. The greatest falls have been among younger households. This IFS Commentary looks at which types of households give to charity, and how much they give. "The State of Donation" by James Banks and Sarah Tanner, is published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies..

 

By Institute for Fiscal Studies , UK.

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Time Banks

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Time Banks Like a babysitting circle, a time bank offers people the chance to buy services such as dog walking or making out a tax return - but with time not money. To earn those 'time credits' or 'time dollars' people have to offer goods or services themselves. Credits and debts are tallied regularly - and recorded in individual accounts. Time Banks: A Radical Manifesto for the UK by the New Economics Foundation, the UK Time Bank web site and the US Time Dollar web site provide more information .

 

By New Economics Foundation , UK .

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Community Development Finance

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Community Development Finance Community bankers need to cruel to be kind. This is one of the messages of this report from the New Economics Foundation. Researchers found that many soft loan schemes quickly dwindled away their capital through ill targeted lending and high default rates. Community Development Financial Institutions have grown rapidly but need a transparent regulatory framework, increased professionalism, and a new legal format to allow them to tap into mainstream investment funds. Published by the? is published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation , UK .

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