Structure and Performance of Italian Cooperatives: A Quantitative Analysis Based on Combined Use of Official Data

19 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2019

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Carlo Borzaga

University of Trento; European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Manlio Calzaroni

Independent

Chiara Carini

European Research Institute on Cooperative & Social Enterprises (EURICSE)

Massimo Lori

National Institute of Statistics (Istat)

Date Written: July 30, 2019

Abstract

Researchers and policymakers have identified the need to accurately and quantitatively evaluate cooperatives and their economic, social and employment effects, as well as their evolution over time, in a way that is as reliable as possible and not subject to interpretation. This need was also manifested in the adoption by the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians of the Guidelines Concerning Statistics of Cooperatives, which aim to facilitate the development of a set of statistics on cooperatives that can be compared at the international level. This study provides informative insights and analyses based on a unified statistical representation of the structure, economic performance and profiles of cooperatives — including cooperative groups — within the Italian economy. Through the integration of several official statistical data sources released by the Italian National Institute of Statistics with the Cooperative Register managed by the Ministry of Economic Development, on the one hand, the paper highlights the peculiarities of cooperatives compared to other companies; on the other, it deeply analyses the composition of the cooperative sector with respect to both economic and structural variables.

Keywords: Italy, Cooperatives, Statistics, Economic and Employment Size, Innovation and Digitalization

JEL Classification: C81, J21, P13, J54

Suggested Citation

Borzaga, Carlo and Calzaroni, Manlio and Carini, Chiara and Lori, Massimo, Structure and Performance of Italian Cooperatives: A Quantitative Analysis Based on Combined Use of Official Data (July 30, 2019). Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2019; Euricse Working Papers Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3444230

Carlo Borzaga

University of Trento ( email )

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

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

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

Manlio Calzaroni

Independent

No Address Available
United States

Chiara Carini (Contact Author)

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

Via S. Giovanni 36
38122 Trento (TN)
Italy

Massimo Lori

National Institute of Statistics (Istat) ( email )

Via Cesare Balbo 16
00184 Rome, 0185
Italy

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