A closer look at the relation between religiosity and formal volunteering. A cross-regional analysis using Swiss data

Author: Ms Elena Damian
Affiliation: University of Cologne
Email: elenadamian.ro@gmail.com

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Past studies revealed that living in a religious society has a significant influence on volunteering for both religious and non-religious individuals (Ruiter & De Graaf, 2006). However, most studies used a cross-national approach and there is little evidence of whether the same relation holds at lower levels of analysis, such as regions and counties. This study seeks to improve upon previous research by conducting cross-regional analyses to test under which conditions and how contextual-level religiosity shapes individual-level formal volunteering. The data used comes from Swiss Volunteering Monitor (2010).