Volunteering is important to study cross-nationally, as it is linked to the provision of local public goods. This article explores factors associated with volunteering across 14 countries, focusing on the effects of gender, group composition and social trust on the volunteer behaviour
of members of a large, international service club. We draw on a unique dataset: a survey of Lions Clubs International members. Results indicate a significant relationship between the proportion of a club’s female membership and the volunteering of its members, particularly in high-income countries.
Among both middle- and low-income countries, the individual factors of gender and social trust are found to be significant for volunteering among club members. Levels of national trust are important to consider when examining volunteering from a cross-national perspective.
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