The Italian Social Cooperatives in 2008: A Portrait Using Descriptive and Principal Component Analysis

23 Pages Posted: 24 May 2012

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Chiara Carini

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Ericka Costa

University of Trento - Department of Computer and Management Sciences (DISA)

Maurizio Carpita

University of Brescia - Department of Economics and Management; ex Department of Quantitative Methods

Michele Andreaus

University of Trento - Department of Computer and Management Sciences (DISA)

Date Written: May 18, 2012

Abstract

This paper describes the role of social cooperatives in Italy as a type of economic, nonprofit organization that is assuming an increasingly central role in the country, by contributing to its economic and social growth.

In the last decade many agencies, institutions and research centres (Istat – National Statistic Office, Ministry of Economic Development, Confcooperative Legacoop, Unioncamere) have provided studies on the evolution of the cooperative movement in the Third Sector, in order to monitor the development of these organizations over time and to evaluate their economic and employment impact over the country. Following a similar path, this study analyzes the contribution of social cooperatives in Italy at a regional level, highlighting the differences related to their age and fields of activity. Moreover, the paper evaluates the efficiency and profitability of the social cooperative by conducting further analysis based on a number of economic and financial indexes.

Keywords: Social cooperatives, Italy, Regional development, Employment, Economic and financial indexes, Pincipal component analysis

JEL Classification: C38, J21, L31, M41

Suggested Citation

Carini, Chiara and Costa, Ericka and Carpita, Maurizio and Andreaus, Michele, The Italian Social Cooperatives in 2008: A Portrait Using Descriptive and Principal Component Analysis (May 18, 2012). Euricse Working Paper No. 35/12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2062407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2062407

Chiara Carini (Contact Author)

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE) ( email )

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

Ericka Costa

University of Trento - Department of Computer and Management Sciences (DISA) ( email )

Via Inama, 5
I-38100 Trento
Italy

Maurizio Carpita

University of Brescia - Department of Economics and Management ( email )

Contrada S. Chiara, 50
Brescia, BS 25122
Italy
+39 030 2988642 (Phone)

ex Department of Quantitative Methods ( email )

Contrada S. Chiara 50
Brescia, BS 25122
Italy
+39 0302988642 (Phone)
+39 0302400925 (Fax)

Michele Andreaus

University of Trento - Department of Computer and Management Sciences (DISA) ( email )

Via Inama, 5
I-38100 Trento
Italy

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