Although managers, professionals, and military personnel are in “time-greedy occupations,” they are the people who are most likely to volunteer their time—“particularly the men,” reports Natalie J. Webb, an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School, and her coauthor in a new study.

Using survey data from 11,520 U.S. respondents, the researchers initially show that social and community service occupations send the most volunteers to the nonprofit trenches (see graph at...

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