Do Cooperative Enterprises Create Social Trust?

23 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2012

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Fabio Sabatini

Euricse; Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Economics and Law

Francesca Modena

University of Trento - Department of Economics and Management; Euricse

Ermanno C. Tortia

University of Trento - Department of Economics and Management; Euricse

Date Written: October 2, 2012

Abstract

This paper contributes to the literature by carrying out the first empirical investigation into the role of different types of enterprises in the creation of social trust. Drawing on a unique dataset collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample of the population of the Italian Province of Trento in March 2011, we find that cooperatives are the only type of enterprise where the work environment fosters the social trust of workers.

Keywords: cooperative enterprises, nonprofit organizations, trust, social capital, motivations, inclusive governance, work organization

JEL Classification: L31, L33, P13, Z1, Z13

Suggested Citation

Sabatini, Fabio and Sabatini, Fabio and Modena, Francesca and Tortia, Ermanno C., Do Cooperative Enterprises Create Social Trust? (October 2, 2012). Euricse Working Paper No. 043 | 12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2155778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2155778

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