Disentangling the Relationship between Nonprofit and Social Capital: The Role of Social Cooperatives and Social Welfare Associations in the Development of Networks of Strong and Weak Ties

30 Pages Posted: 18 May 2013

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Giacomo Degli Antoni

University of Parma - Faculty of Law

Fabio Sabatini

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

Date Written: May 16, 2013

Abstract

We use a unique dataset to study how participation in two specific types of nonprofit organizations, i.e. social welfare associations and social cooperatives, affects individual social capital. A descriptive analysis shows that both the types of organization have a positive impact. The econometric analysis reveals that social welfare associations play a significantly greater role in the development of volunteers’ networks of cooperative relationships, favouring the creation of weak ties which are used to exchange information and advice, and offering the opportunity to establish stronger ties entailing concrete mutual support. Within social cooperatives, workers develop their individual social capital to a greater extent than volunteers.

Keywords: Volunteering, nonprofit organizations, cooperative enterprises, social cooperatives, social capital, social networks

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

Suggested Citation

Degli Antoni, Giacomo and Sabatini, Fabio, Disentangling the Relationship between Nonprofit and Social Capital: The Role of Social Cooperatives and Social Welfare Associations in the Development of Networks of Strong and Weak Ties (May 16, 2013). Euricse Working Papers No. 54/13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2265884 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2265884

Giacomo Degli Antoni

University of Parma - Faculty of Law ( email )

Via Universita 12,
Parma, 43100
Italy

Fabio Sabatini (Contact Author)

Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Economics and Law ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Roma, Rome 00185
Italy

Euricse ( email )

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
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